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Bo Pelini won the Legends Division in 2012, and has played in three conference title games in the last four years. He's never won less than nine games, and he's fielded teams that have been relatively clean and trouble-free. He's never had a hint of trouble with the NCAA.
Yet in 2012, Nebraska's defense—Pelini's specialty, remember—had 133 points scored against it. In two games. On national television. In the last two years, Nebraska's defense has appeared to atrophy to the point where the Children of the Corn are hoping NU simply doesn't get blown out on the big stage.
With Tom Osborne, the man who hired him, at the helm, Pelini's position never seemed in jeopardy. But on January 1, Shawn Eichorst will be taking over as Nebraska's athletic director. Should Nebraska's decaying defense and embarrassing national defeats continue in 2013, it is not at all clear that Eichorst will have the same degree of understanding Osborne did.
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