Bo Pelini: Tom Osborne “addressed” tirade over a year ago, officials say

September 18, 2013

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Whatever the future holds for Coach Bo Pelini as far as his fractured relationship with Nebraska fans goes, the school’s administration is ready to move on.

Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst called Pelini’s two-year-old, profanity-laden tirade about fans “concerning” but won’t punish the coach. Tom Osborne, the school’s former coach and director of athletics, knew of the comments over a year ago and spoke with Pelini then.

“Our coaches, staff and student-athletes must be held to a high standard and Coach Pelini’s remarks were unfair to the legions of Nebraska fans and not what we expect from a representative of this university. Former Director of Athletics Tom Osborne became aware of these comments and the existence of a recording more than a year ago, and addressed the matter with Coach Pelini.

“We have observed, and many others have commented, that Coach Pelini’s demeanor has significantly improved since the time of this incident. Coach Pelini has given us his assurance that he understands the seriousness and inappropriateness of his comments.

“We believe he is sincere in his apology and in his regret. We are prepared to put the matter to rest. Our football student-athletes, coaches and staff deserve all of our support and we know the Nebraska faithful will be there for them.”

Pelini was preparing for the Cornhuskers’ game against South Dakota State after telling reporters Tuesday that “I think I’ve built up enough points with our fans over the last five years in how I’ve conducted myself, how I’ve run this program, and what we’ve done with this program over the last five years to earn some forgiveness for something that was said in a private moment.”

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