One day after suffering a 38-17 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini received a vote of confidence from athletic director Shawn Eichorst.
According to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, the first-year AD announced that Pelini will continue to be the team's head coach.
Pelini was asked about his future following the team's loss on Friday, and he told ESPN:
If they want to fire me, go ahead. I believe in what I've done. I don't apologize to you. I don't apologize to anybody, myself or this staff. My record, our record since I've been here, speaks for itself. And this program is heading in a good direction.
Brian Rosenthal of the Lincoln Journal Star provides an official statement from Pelini on the incident:
Statement from Bo Pelini... pic.twitter.com/B25YtWVg3O— Brian Rosenthal (@HuskerExtraBR) December 1, 2013
It doesn't appear as though Nebraska has any immediate plans to make a change.
Per Sam McKewon of Omaha.com, Eichorst decided to ignore his own policy of not commenting on coaches until the end of the season due to the firestorm surrounding Pelini:
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.
Certainly, Nebraska's bowl game could be huge for the future of Pelini and the program.
Should Eichorst retain Pelini next season?
Since Pelini took over in 2008, Nebraska has won at least nine games every year, though the team has topped out at 10 wins (2009, 2010, 2012).
Nebraska has struggled in big-game situations under Pelini, having lost three consecutive bowl games. The Huskers were also crushed by Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game last season.
Pelini's tenure at Nebraska has had plenty of ups and downs. His team is on a downturn currently, but he apparently has the support of the athletic director.
He could solidify things by closing out the season strong.
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