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Nebraska Football: Huskers Sell Stability with Bo Pelini Raise, Extension

Adam Jacobi@Adam_JacobiBig Ten Football Lead WriterApril 25, 2012

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 30: Coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers high fives tight end Ben Cotton #81 after their game against the Missouri Tigers at Memorial Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Missouri 31-17. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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The Bo Pelini era chugs onward in Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers coach has received a small raise and an extra year on his contract, according to the Omaha World Herald.

Here are the details:

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini's salary increased from $2.775 million to $2.875 million this spring — per terms of the revised agreement signed a year ago — but no other financial changes were made to his contract.

NU Athletic Director Tom Osborne, however, confirmed through a university spokesman that one additional year was added so that it again is extended to five years (through the 2016 season).

This is pretty standard procedure for coaches who aren't on the hot seat in this day and age: Keep the coach under contract for as long as his latest class of recruits will be in school, and he can sell stability. In this day and age of college football, stability equals success.

Moreover, why wouldn't Nebraska want to hang onto Pelini? He hasn't been in the national title conversation yet, but he's been remarkably consistent at 38-16 since being hired by Nebraska in 2008.

Under Pelini, the Cornhuskers have won at least nine games in every season, including two 10-4 seasons. Nobody's going to confuse Pelini for Bob Devaney or Tom Osborne at this point, but nobody's going to confuse him for predecessor Bill Callahan, either, and that's quite a good thing.

Furthermore, Pelini's still only 44 years old and this is his first real head coaching gig (he was the Huskers interim coach in the 2003 Alamo Bowl). He could easily be a 20-year coach with the Huskers. As long as the athletic department takes care of him from a contractual standpoint and Pelini's still winning at least nine games per year, that looks like a situation tailor-made for stability. 

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