LINCOLN, Neb. - After six seasons at the helm, it appears Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini will be getting a seventh. Less than 24 hours after the Huskers ended the regular season with a 38-17 loss to Iowa, Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst released a statement of support for Pelini.
"My approach has always been to not comment publicly about our coaches until their full seasons are complete, as I strongly believe it is unfair and counter to best practices. However, given the volume of unfounded speculation and conjecture about our head football coach, I want to reaffirm what I have said many times since I have arrived at the University of Nebraska -- that I positively respect, appreciate and support our football student-athletes, coaches and staff, as we do everyone in the Husker family. We very much look forward to our upcoming bowl game and Coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future."
Pelini has a 57-24 record at Nebraska with three conference championship appearances – all loses. In all six seasons, the Huskers have won at least eight games and have seen Pelini's win percentage rival the best coaches in college football. Pelini is one of only four to win nine games in each of their first five years, joining former Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne, Barry Switzer (Oklahoma) and Larry Coker (Miami).
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