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Ex-Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe regrets not taking Nebraska job

Ex-Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe regrets not taking Nebraska job Photo: Nell Redmond/Associated Press

Former Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe said he regrets not taking the Nebraska job after the 2006 season.

Grobe led Wake Forest to the ACC title and an Orange Bowl appearance that season, which led Nebraska and Arkansas to pursue Grobe. 

Nebraska ended up hiring Bo Pelini, and Arkansas tabbed Bobby Petrino to lead their program after he left the Atlanta Falcons.

Grobe stayed at Wake Forest and signed a 10-year contract, worth $2.3 million a season.

"I do now, I didn't at the time," Grobe said to CBSSports.com, when asked if he regretted not taking the Nebraska coaching job. "I honestly took great pride in Wake Forest. I had some really good friends there. I trusted some people there. I thought Wake was a little different than other schools."

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Grobe resigned in December after 13 seasons and five bowl appearances with the school. He will be working as a television analyst this season.

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