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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 11/22/2010

Nebraska chancellor to address Bo Pelini's outbursts at Taylor Martinez, refs

By Cindy Boren

Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini is in a bit of hot water after yelling at freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez (and triggering an internet wave of rumors that Martinez had quit the team) and screaming at officials.

Pelini, whose repeated outbursts were captured on TV and who was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in the fourth quarter of the Cornhuskers' 9-6 loss to Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, has gotten the collegiate equivalent of a call to the principal's office.

"I think it was very unfortunate," Harvey Perlman, chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said, "and I think it's something we'll have to address with Bo."

Perlman said he spoke Sunday with Athletic Director Tom Osborne and that Perlman, Osborne or both would talk to Pelini.

"Bo has a lot of passion for his football team," Perlman said, "and there is a strong upside to that. But again, overall, the conduct was unfortunate."

Pelini declined to address the issue Sunday, however he did talk about Martinez' status. "He's still on the team," Pelini said. However, Martinez's father, Casey, declined to comment.

Pelini also declined to say why he was berating Martinez when he returned to the sideline after getting treatment for an ankle injury late in the first half. He shouted at Martinez and poked him in the chest.

More, of Bo Pelini's style:

By Cindy Boren  | November 22, 2010; 10:26 AM ET
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Pelini is a turd, if he has a heart attack on the sideline it will be his own doing. he should have been flagged more than once on Saturday night for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Posted by: sleastacks | November 22, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

How can anyone play for that guy is my guess. I mean you can get in a kids face and let him know that he's not playing well, but coach ( Pelini) went way off the hook.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | November 22, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

When is Nebraska going to admit its mistake(s) and simply bring back Frank Solich?

And for what it's worth--The Big Red is going to fit nicely with those other institutions of higher learning in the Big Ten.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | November 22, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

as a nebraska fan, i was disgusted by bo's actions on saturday. however, what this blog fails to note is that nebraska had 16 penalties and texas a&m had 2. bo was penalized after arguing with the officials. officiating was questionable at best (see courtney osbourne's late hit penalty). although i am not one of them, many nebraska fans feel there is some sort of conspiracy theory with the team leaving the big 12 after this season. saturday's poor officiating did nothing but dump fuel on that fire.

Posted by: historykc1 | November 22, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Bo has a lot of passion for his team and for football and he has the complete support of his players.

In my opinion he should have definitely held off his issue with Martinez until the locker room. He was caught up in the crap going on with the officiating and took out his separate issue with Martinez at the wrong time.

There are many other college coaches that get just as justifiably worked up, it was just that unfortunate incident with Martinez that's causing this media publicity.

Posted by: Mlpthink | November 22, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect when you hire a former OU Gooner coach? Bo is just a slobbering, ranting goober. At least he didn’t poke him in the chest with his nose, that could have really hurt.

Posted by: AG1231 | November 22, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Pelini has a hot temper but here is the deal, Nebraska has not done this well in a long time.

T-Magic more like T-DIVA! Taylor is a great player but he needs to realize that Coach Pelini is his coach. His dad is not his coach.
There has been a couple of occasions where Taylor has been caught texting his dad during team meetings and apparently he texted his father after his x-ray came back negative. (Players are not allowed to text during this time.) Taylor wanted to know if he should go back in the game or not so he texted his dad.
Taylor needs to grow up and start being a TEAM PLAYER!
As far as Solich, there were some underlying issues that has nothing to do with his coaching abilities.
Everyone has a bad day, we all know that A&M won that game to do CRAP officiating! That would frustrate anyone!
The guy deserves a break.


Posted by: HUSKER_CHICK | November 22, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

They sure know how to bribe refs down in Texas.

Posted by: trblmkr1 | November 22, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Pelini has returned Nebraska back to where it belongs after Callahan ran them into the dirt. I'm very thankful for him. Anybody who watched the A&M game knows they won b/c of the officiating, it was beyond terrible and very obviously one sided. The Big 12 should be ashamed they did nothing about this game (like repremand the officials). Pelini didn't handle Martinez right (should have let him have it later in private) but he is human, right? I'm surprised Pelini didn't do worst to the refs, I would have. How do you hold back during such obvious discrimination?

Posted by: tnand | November 22, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow, NU fans are pitiful.

Posted by: AG1231 | November 22, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

First of all, Martinez did not quit.

Second, Coach Pelini is not the first coach to yell at his players or the refs. I agree that he probably should have waited till they got back in the locker room before yelling at Martinez. As for yelling at the refs, I can guarantee that he is not the only one who was screaming at them. He was just the only one who got caught on tape.

Third, (I think someone else mentioned this) Frank Solich most likely will not be invited/allowed back. His dismissal was due to a severe lack in judgment/morals, creating a situation that was not good for him or the university.

Fourth, I noticed that there are 4 articles discussing Pelini's behavior on the sidelines, but not a single article discussing A&M's #83's disgraceful behavior on the field. Go ahead. Google Ben Cotton and Jerod-Edie.
Better yet, here's a video:

Posted by: JustMyTwoCents | November 22, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Bo Pelini may be in the mold of Bob Knight, but has an athletic director and an institution that is willing to put a check on him (which is their business). For anyone who watches the program beyond stories like these, it is easy to see his contributions to the players, the university, and college football in general. It is in stark contrast to many of the other stories you read in college sports these days. I encourage the Post to continue their coverage of Pelini's program beyond this episode.

Posted by: Cratchit | November 22, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather reign in a coach who's got some fire in his belly than try to start a fire in a coach who's dead as a mackerel.

Posted by: sonny2 | November 22, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

It was a heck of a game Saturday night.

Too bad MANY of penalties were not replayed so fans could review them.

It’s also too bad about the Nebraska player getting TWO penalties called on him after being sexually assaulted by the A&M player. I guess it’s just big boy football in the Big12!

I doubt Nebraska will miss the Big12 as that conference fades to insignificance in the future.

Posted by: bcarte1 | November 22, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

As a disinterested couch potato watching the game, and not caring who won, I was appalled at the officiating. I even had the feeling that the ref was embarrassed after the 10th or 12th call against Nebraska. They finally called a 5-yard penalty on Texas A&M for something...maybe having a dirty handkerchief or somesuch.

I hope the administrators at Nebraska will stand behind their coach, and tell the Big 12 conference to admonish their officials after reviewing the film of this game.

Nebraska may have lost the game, but Texas A&M was the big loser because of the officiating.

Posted by: melpremium | November 22, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

It has been a long difficult season, funny how things always go right for the TEXAS teams playing in Texas.

Bo Polini is a good guy that got a bit upset. He did not punch a guy running down the sidelines. He did not throw a chair on the court.

The University of Nebraska will handle the situation. All indications to-date are that Bo runs an outstanding program of integrity. Together, Perlman and Dr. Tom Osborne, will handle the situation and I very much doubt that you will see such a display again. Nebraska loves it's football and plays with gusto within the rules. Others would do well to follow such a fine example.

Posted by: jennyk1 | November 22, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse


So you have anything other than insults?


Posted by: HUSKER_CHICK | November 23, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

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