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Career Record: 58-24 (six seasons)
Record at Nebraska: 58-24 overall, 34-14 in conference (six seasons)
Best Finish at Nebraska: 2009, 10-4 (6-2 Big 12), first in division, won Holiday Bowl
Worst Finish at Nebraska: 2011, 9-4 (5-3 Big Ten), third in division, lost Capital One Bowl
Of all of the coaches on our list, Bo Pelini has the best career win percentage (.707) by quite a margin. But we've included Pelini for a couple of reasons, the first of which should be pretty easy to understand.
Unless you've been living under a rock somewhere for the past eight months, you're fully aware of Pelini's NSFW rant directed at none other than the Nebraska fanbase. The recording was made quite some time ago, but it was released right when it could do the most damage: on the heels of a demoralizing early-season loss.
Pelini has since, somewhat inexplicably, found his way back into the good graces of the Huskers faithful. Apparently some witty Twitter banter is worth its weight in football gold in Nebraska these days. But the underlying problems still remain.
The Twitter fun is all well and good, but it underlines that the biggest national stories coming out of Lincoln these days revolve around the coach, a cat and how funny it was at the spring game.
Is anyone else concerned that Nebraska is getting more play (outside of the Nebraska market, that is) during April than it is during November? If you're a Nebraska fan, you should be.
Over Pelini's six seasons as a head coach, he's never lost more than four games in a single season. Of course, he's never lost fewer than four games in a season, either. Some other things he's never done? He's never won a conference championship. He never guided his program to the BCS. He's never seen his team finish in the Top 10 in a final poll.
Sooner or later, Nebraska is going to have to ask the really tough question: Are we satisfied with losing four games every single season?
There's also the possibility that some other ranting skeleton could fall out of Pelini's closet; it's not like we're shocked the guy has a temper off the field, too, but it does create some PR headaches for the athletic department. Any new revelations could lead to a very quick exit for Pelini—which will keep his seat hot, at least from an off-the-field perspective.
So let's assume for a minute Pelini keeps his nose clean. Being on thin ice within the athletic department means if he can't make gains toward delivering that long-elusive conference championship, the powers that be will start counting the days until 2018.
Either way, it can't be very comfortable for Bo Pelini at Nebraska.
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