Nebraska extends coach Bo Pelini through 2018 season
Nebraska has signed coach Bo Pelini to a contract extension, Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com reports. According to Doyel, the school extended Pelini for five years, which would keep him with the Cornhuskers through the 2018 season.
A Nebraska spokesperson confirmed the news to ESPN's Mitch Sherman. With the extension, Pelini received a $100,000 raise, bumping his salary to $3.075 million.
Pelini has been a consistent winner at Nebraska, but his critics point to his inability to get over the hump. In six full seasons in Lincoln -- three in the Big 12 and three in the Big Ten -- Pelini has won at least nine games each year but never more than 10.
Pelini found himself in hot water last year after Deadspin released a two-year-old, profanity-laced audio tape of the coach calling out Nebraska's fans.
After Pelini's Huskers fell to the Hawkeyes in the regular-season finale on Nov. 29, the coach told reporters, "If they want to fire me, go ahead." The next day Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst released a statement of support for Pelini. By re-upping the coach through 2018, it appears that Eichorst truly feels that Pelini is the right answer for the the Cornhuskers.