Nebraska fired Pelini late last month after he led the Cornhuskers to a 66-27 record over seven seasons. Harvey Perlman served as the chancellor of Nebraska during Pelini's tenure. The Cornhuskers replaced Pelini with former Oregon State coach Mike Riley.
Pelini described Youngstown State's Jim Tressel as “a president who understands football, who's going to support me, something I don’t know if I've ever had,” according to ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg.
Tressel officially resigned in May 2011.