After going on a heated postgame rant following Nebraska's 38-17 loss to Big Ten rival Iowa on Friday, Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini has been fined $10,000 for violating the conference's Sportsmanship Policy.
Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal Star reported the news on Monday:
Pelini has been fined $10,000 for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy following the game. #Huskers— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) December 2, 2013
Scout.com's Josh Harvey documented what Pelini said in the aftermath of his team's loss to the Hawkeyes:
Pelini: * If they want to fire me, go ahead. I believe in what I have done and I don't apologize for anything I have done." #Huskers— Josh Harvey (@JoshHarveyScout) November 29, 2013
This was an instance of a coach who had clearly reached his boiling point, and being questioned about his future with the program after being handed such a decisive defeat did not help matters.
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It was a disappointing end to Nebraska's 2013 regular season in Lincoln, especially after pulling out a 23-20 overtime victory at Penn State just a week before.
Unfortunately for Pelini, his tirade did some damage to his paycheck and was not his finest moment. The good news for him, though, is that his job security remains intact even with this untimely oratory lapse.
Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said through a Saturday morning statement, per a staff report on BTN.com, that he endorses Pelini as the coach moving forward:
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.
The report also documented Pelini's response—a good portion of which is below—where he was thankful for Eichorst's support:
I want to thank our administration and Shawn Eichorst in particular, for his continued and full support that he has given me and our football program since his arrival on campus. I am honored to represent this university and its great fans and I’m proud to lead this program into the future.
I apologize for reacting emotionally yesterday and for showing frustration both with the game officials and the media. I fully understand and respect their difficult jobs, and I regret any and all actions or words which may have shed a negative light on our program and university. Accountability is a core belief throughout our program, and as the head coach, I must set and maintain a high standard.
Since Pelini took over the job in 2008, the Cornhuskers have lost exactly four games in each of those seasons. Nebraska is a storied, national championship-winning program, but it hasn't quite gotten to the upper echelon of college football with Pelini at the helm just yet.
As long as Pelini is willing to face up to his mistakes and any lackluster results his team suffers on the field, the future appears bright for both him and the Cornhuskers.
However, the 45-year-old coach needs to deliver some landmark achievements in the next several years, because otherwise his job in Lincoln may not be as safe.