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Bo Pelini: Is Nebraska's Head Football Coach Making a Move to Miami?

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30:  Head Coach Bo Pelini of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers looks around after having sport drink dumped on him after their team's 33-0 victory against the University of Arizona Wildcats during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, on December 30, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo By Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Chris FaigCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2010

Earlier this week, rumors had been spreading regarding Nebraska football's head coach Bo Pelini.  The Miami Herald reported that Pelini was a candidate for the vacant head coaching spot at the University of Miami, being granted permission by Nebraska to speak with the Hurricanes.

When Nebraska's athletic director, Tom Osborne, was asked about the situation he replied, "Bo's never talked to me about anything like that.  If he got permission [to talk to Miami], he didn't get it from me."

On the other side, Pelini told the Omaha World-Herald that he wouldn't address any rumors or innuendos.  The move wouldn't make much sense with the amount of success that he's had at Nebraska.  As a head coach, Pelini holds an overall record of 30 wins and 11 losses, going undefeated in three bowl appearances (2003 Alamo Bowl Champs, 2008 Gator Bowl Champs, and 2009 Holiday Bowl Champs).

However, Bo Pelini does happen to have former ties with Kirby Hocutt, Miami's athletic director.  Pelini was the co-defensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 2004, when Hocutt was the associate athletic director for the Sooners.  

Pelini has quite the impressive resume', being the defensive coordinator for LSU's National Championship team in 2007 and having assistant coaching experience in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.

This issue is sure to be somewhat of a distraction heading into Nebraska's Holiday Bowl game on December 30th against the Washington Huskies.  

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