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Bo Pelini: “I’m human like anyone else”

Bo Pelini (right) had some explaining to do this week. (Nati Harnik / AP)

Bo Pelini is putting his faith in Nebraska football fans, hoping that they’ll forgive him after a two-year-old recording in which he ripped them in an expletive-filled rant became public Monday.

“I think our fans would understand the situation, the circumstances regarding this,” Pelini said on the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference Tuesday. “I might lose some, I don’t know, but I think that I’ve built 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 … to earn some forgiveness for something that, like I said, was made in a private setting.

“I think people will understand this isn’t representative of how I feel.”

Audio of the rant, which was recorded without Pelini’s knowledge in 2011, went public on Deadspin on Monday and, coupled with a terrible loss to UCLA and Pelini’s derogatory comments about Tommie Frazier, it made for a rotten Monday for Pelini. He apologized later in the day and said “It’s hard to say” whether he’d be punished.

“”I do believe that we have great fans. I respect them. I respect them for who they are. I’ve said it over and over and over since I’ve been here that we have great fans. But I’m human like anyone else,” Pelini said. “You say things in an emotional moment under certain circumstances. Like anybody else, you’re human. You make mistakes. You apologize for your mistakes and you move on. And that’s all you can do in this situation.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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