An Open Letter to Bo Pelini, Nebraska Football Head Coach

Joseph CiracoCorrespondent INovember 21, 2010

Bo Pelini
Bo Pelini

Dear Coach Pelini,

As a Nebraska Cornhusker football fan, I'm thrilled you are the coach of my football team.  There is not a single coach I would rather have and you proved it again last night.

Yes, Texas A&M won 9-6, but not even a great coach like yourself can overcome the officiating that occurred last night.  The performance by the No. 18 Aggies was good and the atmosphere in the stadium was electric, but the Big 12 officials were only calling penalties one way last night.

While a few of the penalties were justified, including the one called against you, I still cannot believe that the home team was penalized just two times for 10 yards while the Huskers were penalized 16 times for 145 yards.

I'm not 100 percent certain the Huskers would have won last night since the offense was disappointing, but I'm fairly certain we wouldn't have lost on a field goal that was set up by an atrocious roughing the passer call.

When you have a moment today Coach, please tell Courtney Osborne that he wasn't guilty of roughing the passer or spearing on 3rd-and-11.  While he was guilty of pass interference earlier in the game, that hit was justified.

Also coach, please tell Eric Martin that he's still being punished for that brutal special teams hit a few weeks back against Oklahoma State freshman Andrew Hudson. 

Not everything was pleasing last night.

The offensive line was very mediocre yet again.  Last year the group struggled because of injuries and lack of depth.  What is the problem this year?  We've struggled in quite a few games.

On the other side of the ball, the defense is fantastic.  I really believe we have the best secondary in the nation with Prince Amukamara and Alfonzo Dennard at CB. Not only are they really talented, but they're utilized correctly.

I'm still disgusted by the game last night and can't even imagine how you must feel.  I know the team has a chance to secure a spot in the Big 12 title game by beating Colorado on Friday, and I expect that you will have the team clicking on all cylinders in the last regular season game before the move to the Big Ten.

Just a few years ago, our program was in the depths of despair.  Bill Callahan was our coach and we weren't competitive. 

You took the head coaching job and now we're back on the map.  Last night was a pothole on our path to a national title, but a lot of people believe you're the guy to get us there.

On the way out the door, please tell Dan Beebe where to shove it.


Joseph Ciraco