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Oh, yeah, and there was this little kerfuffle after the UCLA game when Deadspin released an audio tape of Pelini from 2011 expressing his displeasure with what he called Nebraska’s “fair-weather” fanbase, and using some colorful metaphors to do so.
Many around the country thought that the release of such an inflammatory audio, combined with another embarrassing blowout loss, would threaten Pelini’s future in Lincoln.
But apparently the audio was not enough to turn the fans against Pelini. Most fans who filled Memorial Stadium after the release of the tape were supportive of their coach, according to Christopher Burbach of the Omaha World-Herald, and athletic director Shawn Eichorst said the matter was put to rest without further discipline for Pelini, according to Scott Gleeson of USA Today.
In a perverse way, the release of the tape may have helped take the attention off Nebraska’s disturbing habit of folding and succumbing to ugly losses on national television. And Nebraskans, a fair-minded and conservative group, in general, were clearly uncomfortable with the manner in which the tape came to light.
But there are more tough spots for Nebraska this season. The first may be an Illinois squad which seems to have found some mojo with quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, coming into Lincoln at 3-1 and averaging 42.75 points and 478.5 yards of total offense per game.
We learned in September that fans will forgive Pelini for cursing them out behind closed doors. What we may learn in October and November is whether fans will forgive Pelini if he can’t stop the blowouts and get Nebraska back to national relevance.
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