Bo Pelini: Nebraska Cornhuskers Head Coach Will Be a 'Hot Commodity'

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIJanuary 8, 2011

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 13: Coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads his team onto the field to play the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Kansas 20-3. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
Eric Francis/Getty Images

Hot commodity.

Those were the words used by Nebraska State Paper writer Sam McKewon, who also heads up, to describe Bo Pelini after a faulty report from a Miami newspaper ruffled some cornfeathers.

The report stated that Pelini was interested in interviewing for the vacant Miami Hurricanes job, now occupied by former Temple coach Al Golden. 

Pelini eventually calmed nerves after issuing an official statement saying the report was false. 

Nevertheless, it was evident that Pelini was going to get more attention from national programs since going 29-12 (his 30th win came in 2003 as the interim head coach in the Alamo Bowl) in just three seasons at Nebraska.

After this incident, McKewon wrote a fantastic column on why Pelini would not bolt for Miami, but might get the opportunity to go somewhere better.

McKewon was proven right earlier this week after reports surfaced that Pelini was being considered for the Michigan job.

Pelini dismissed (more quickly this time, to the relief of Husker Nation) reports that he was interested in the job, but there is no hiding the fact that Pelini will be sought after relentlessly.

Nebraska's huge defensive turnaround in 2009 is likely what has turned so many heads.  With an already impressive defensive resume, Pelini's ability to bring the Blackshirts literally from worst to first in just two years made him arguably the most impressive defensive mind in college football.

The emergence of Ndamukong Suh pointed to exceptional coaching as well.  After gaining some head coaching experience, Pelini's growing appeal was inevitable.

The other day I read a BR slide show by Brandon Becker listing the Wolverines' top dream coaching candidates.  Pelini was cited as one of those, along with several highly successful coaches such as Jim Harbaugh, Urban Meyer, John Gruden and Bill Cowher.

The slide allotted to Pelini stated that he was a prime candidate to leave Nebraska for a "bigger job" at Michigan because of the state of the Wolverines' (or should I say puppies'?) defense.

First of all, in terms of tradition, the two schools are very similar, and Nebraska's program is currently in a much more ideal state, so to say that Michigan is a bigger job is pretty inaccurate.

Second, I don't think Pelini is the type of guy who will jump ship every time a rebuilding project comes along, and his denial of interest in the Michigan vacancy gives that suggestion a little backbone.

Outside of the Michigan situation, it has been widely rumored that Pelini will be the successor to Jim Tressel as Ohio State head coach; my guess is this would be the only job offer that might lure Pelini from Nebraska.  That's probably a few years down the road.

Regardless of speculation and because of Pelini's remarkable first three years as a head coach, Husker fans will need to get used to reports of Pelini being considered for other head coaching jobs from here on out.

My advice, for what it's worth:  Relax.

Nebraska football boasts rich tradition, a program on the rise, a huge amount of money available and one of the largest national fanbases in college football. 

This combination, along with Pelini's previous ties with Nebraska, will probably make it tough for any program to pry Pelini away.