Bo Pelini Will Be Coaching for His Job This Season
With more profanity laced tirades on file than conference titles during Bo Pelini's six-year tenure in Lincoln, the angst among the Husker faithful is growing by the minute, and his seat will be as hot as any coach in the country when the season kicks off of this fall.
The Cornhuskers hired Pelini as their head coach prior to the 2008 season. Pelini had served as the defensive coordinator for Nebraska in 2003, and also as the interim for the Alamo Bowl after Frank Solich was fired at the conclusion of the regular season.
After being passed over for the full-time replacement for Solich, Pelini went onto serve as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 2004, and then LSU from 2005-07.
Pelini was hired by legendary football coach Tom Osborne, who himself was brought on as the school's athletic director in 2007. The return of Osborne and the hiring of one of the country's hottest coordinators re-energized a fan base that had suffered immensely during the four years of the Bill Callahan era.
Unfortunately, Pelini hasn't experienced the same success that the man who hired him got to enjoy during his 25 years at the helm of the Nebraska football program.
The Cornhuskers have lost four games in all six seasons of Pelini's reign. While that may look good to many football programs, it's awfully mediocre to a Nebraska fan base that was a premiere football program for the better part of three decades in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
In addition to average-at-best results, this past season an audio recording of Pelini using a handful of profanities to call Nebraska fans "fair weather" leaked onto the internet. As you might imagine, this only made matters worse for Pelini in regards to his reputation with the fan base.
If that's not enough, Osborne resigned as the school's AD at the beginning of 2013, and Shawn Eichorst has since taken over as head of Nebraska's athletic department.
It's no secret that AD's often like to bring in their own hand-picked coaches, particularly if the incumbent coach doesn't have an established track record with the school or their fans.
With all that being said, the future for Pelini isn't looking too bright heading into 2014. Although you could argue he's not in the best position possible to have Osborne-like success in Lincoln, he's dug his own hole with a profanity-laced tirade directed towards his own fan base.
Unless the Cornhuskers surprise a lot of people and pull off 11-12 wins en route to Indianapolis in December, there will likely be a very popular job opening in the Big Ten come January 2015.