Bo Pelini: Why Leaving Nebraska for Miami Would Be a Worthwhile Risk

Brandon BeckerCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 04:  Head coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads his team against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cowboys Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Sooners beat the Cornhuskers 23-20.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Bo Pelini has been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Randy Shannon at Miami, although Pelini has recently squashed the rumors that he is preparing to interview.

What he didn't say was that he is not considering the position as Miami's new coach or making any long-term commitment to the Cornhuskers.

And until he does, there will continue to be speculation of him being the Hurricanes' next coach.

Even if Pelini is serious about remaining with Nebraska, should he be? Nebraska's about to move into the vaunted Big Ten and Taylor Martinez has seemingly cracked under the pressure of late.

With questions about Martinez's future with the program being raised this season and the way Pelini has treated his players, it may be time for a change.


High risk, high reward

Trying to return the Miami program to prominence would be a tall task for Pelini, and it's possible that he could fall flat on his face and find himself out of a job in a couple of years, regretting leaving a comfy position at Nebraska.

That's a risk Pelini will have to determine if it's worth taking or not.

Pelini can keep building on his success at Nebraska or he can try and take his chances at re-establishing one of the more storied programs in the nation. 

Winning a national championship in Miami would garner him a lot more attention and recognition than if he were to ever win one with Nebraska. 


ACC could be key

The ACC compared to the Big Ten is a much weaker conference and would give Pelini a chance to turn Miami into the kings of the ACC quickly, which is tempting with an automatic qualifying bid into a BCS bowl game easily attainable compared to the Big Ten.

If Pelini were to choose to stay at Nebraska, he would have to consistently battle against the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, etc.

In the ACC, Florida State and Virginia Tech are the only two programs that Pelini would routinely have to worry about.

The bottom line is that success will be easier to come by in the ACC.


Does he go?

Sources are claiming that Pelini is certainly in the mix, but we won't find out anything substantial until Nebraska plays its bowl game December 30th.

Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne is not giving Pelini permission to speak to Miami, which means he's at least slightly concerned that he might bolt.

If the job is offered to Pelini, it's going to be hard for him to turn down the chance to turn around the Miami program. The Hurricanes are dying to become relevant again, and if they choose to offer Pelini the job, the offer may be too enticing to pass up.

When it's all said in done, Bo Pelini is taking his talents to South Beach.