Awesome Postgame Quotes from Huskers Coach Bo Pelini

Jeff WilliamsAnalyst INovember 29, 2008

Best Nebraska postgame press conference of the decade?


BO KNOWS: about bowling in January

“We’ve come a long way. We’re 8-4 and I wish we were better than that, but we’ve done a lot of good things. I don’t know where we’re going to end up—which bowl game—but I know it will be a good one. We want to finish it out well. Play well in the final game. It’s going to be important for our program because it gives us a number of more practices to work with the young guys and that’s big. We want to do that, but we want to win the game wherever we end up going.”


BO KNOWS: about disastrous botched fake field goal attempts

“I felt like we were in control and then I made the bone-headed call (the field goal fake). I would have been kicking myself for a long time because if we didn’t win the football game, I would have taken responsibility because I felt the game changed when I made that call. I’m a grown man, and I made a mistake. I made a bad call. I got greedy at that point. I wanted to jump on them, and I would have been really upset if we would have lost.

"I felt if we would have lost that football game had we not made that kick, obviously it would have been all on my shoulders. It would have been hard for me to live with that. Especially after all these seniors have done, the character they’ve shown and the things they’ve done. I would have hated for that to happen to them, especially if I’m the centerpiece for screwing it up for them. I tried to, but they bailed me out.”


BO KNOWS: about winning the tough ones

“You take them any way you can get them. I give Colorado a lot of credit. They played hard, they made some plays, and it was a hard-fought football game. It was a wild game. I know one thing, the fans got their money’s worth today. You have to give them credit. It was fun. I’ll take them any way I can get them. I thought there were a couple we left out there early in the year and we could’ve should’ve won the football game and today kind of made up for it.”

“I told the team after the game it was fitting that we won that way. They’ve showed resolve all year. They showed character. They look adversity in the eye and they keep coming back. They did it again today, so it doesn’t surprise me.”


BO KNOWS: how to send a positive message to recruits

“That’s what I’m about, that’s what everybody in this program and Coach Osborne is about. It starts with him. He set the table with what the expectations should be in this program, and I took over this program fully knowing what this program expectations are, and I share those expectations. As do the players and everybody associated with the University of Nebraska football program.

"That’s the message we give to recruits. If you want to come be a part of something special then come on. We’re going to be out there and hitting the road and get all the best players possible that are going to represent this program the right way and play great football."


BO KNOWS: ain’t no stopping until we win ‘em all

“I think we’re a better football team now than what we were when I got here in January. I think we’ve progressed a lot, and I think there’s momentum. We’re hungry. We are by no means where we want to be. We’re not going to be satisfied around here at Nebraska until we win them all.”


BO KNOWS: how to communicate with his players

“I just wanted him (Alex Henery) to look me in the face and tell me he felt he had it in him. He kind of looked at it. Normally his range is around 52 (yards). He looked at me and said, ‘I made it in warmups. I’ve been hitting it good.’ And I said, ‘All right let’s go.’ He cleared it pretty good. Obviously he hit it well. It doesn’t surprise me, the guy’s a stud. He’s been doing it since he got here. He’s just made kick after kick, and I’m glad he’s on our team.”


BO KNOWS: how to bust a funny one liner.

Here’s Bo on Ndamukong Suh’s interception: “He thinks he’s Walter Payton, so I said 'do your thing.'”