Following Nebraska's 38-17 loss to Iowa on Friday, plenty of speculation surrounds the job security of Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini. However, it sounds as if Pelini is set to stick around in Lincoln for a bit longer.
Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst voiced public support for Pelini in a statement released on Saturday.
“My approach has always been to not comment publicly about our coaches until their full seasons are complete, as I strongly believe it is unfair and counter to best practices. However, given the volume of unfounded speculation and conjecture about our head football coach, I want to reaffirm what I have said many times since I have arrived at the University of Nebraska — that I positively respect, appreciate and support our football student-athletes, coaches and staff, as we do everyone in the Husker family. We very much look forward to our upcoming bowl game and Coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future.”
Pelini’s name has surfaced in hot-seat conversations since the Huskers (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) deflated in the second half on a 41-21 home loss to UCLA on Sept. 14. He has won at least nine games in each of his six full seasons in Lincoln, and he has a career record of 57-24 (34-14) with the program.
Still, Pelini has never been able to bring a championship to Nebraska, and he landed in hot water earlier this fall after a two-year-old expletive-laced audiotape leaked in which he called out the Huskers' fan base.
After the loss to the Hawkeyes on Friday, Pelini addressed critics of his job performance while speaking with reporters.