48: Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini's Two Days From Hell
Fast forward to Monday....
"The following takes place between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. ...."
Being employed by the football program at Nebraska and being on the wrong side of Tommie Frazier is probably not the best idea if you're trying to maintain your job. Apparently, Bo Peilini either disagrees or doesn't give a shit, because when asked about Frazier's tweet, he had this to say:
Exact quote from Bo about Frazier: "If he feels that way, so be it. We don't need him." #Huskers— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) September 16, 2013
I imagined at the time that this would not end well for Pelini. I liken casually dismissing Tommie Frazier in the state of Nebraska to walking into any junior high cafeteria and telling all of the girls that One Direction sucks. Ultra parochial chaos ensue.
However, who knew it would get worse? Much worse.
"The following takes place between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ...."
Back on October 8, 2011, Nebraska was playing Ohio State at home. Down by three touchdowns in the second half, the Huskers staged the biggest comeback in the history of the program and knocked off the Buckeyes by a final score of 34-27. (If that sounds odd, Nebraska beating Ohio State, just know that 2011 was the ill-fated Luke Fickell season in Columbus.)
Well, I guess some of the fans decided to leave the game early before Nebraska pulled its comeback, and this didn't sit well with Pelini, who said in a private conversation, which was somehow recorded and two years later leaked to Deadspin on Monday, with Greg Sharpe of the Husker Sports Network (and some random woman whose voice you'll hear):
"It took everything in my power to not say, 'Fuck you, fans. Fuck all of you.' Fuck 'em...Our crowd. What a bunch of fucking fair-weather fucking--they can all kiss my ass out the fucking door. 'Cause the day is fucking coming now. We'll see what they can do when I'm fucking gone. I'm so fucking pissed off."
It's a five star rant that also includes some f-bomb laden shrapnel for Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald with whom Pelini had a run in earlier that week. Here's the sound in tis entirety:
The revelation of this two year old sound led to concern (and veiled anger) from the Nebraska administration and some finely scripted contrition from Pelini:
Harvey Perlman, Chancellor:
"I am aware of the publication of Coach Pelini's comments, I am disappointed and in discussions with Shawn Eichorst about addressing the issue."
Shawn Eichorst, Director of Athletics:
"I am disheartened and disappointed by the 2011 comments published today attributed to Coach Pelini about our dedicated and passionate fans and supporters. I have spoken with Chancellor Perlman and I have addressed the situation with Bo and expressed our deep concern."
Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini also issued the following statement:
"I want to sincerely apologize for my comments from two years ago which became public today. I take full responsibility for these comments. They were spoken in a private room following the Ohio State game. I was venting following a series of emotional events which led to this moment. That being said, these comments are in no way indicative of my true feelings. I love it here in Nebraska and feel fortunate to be associated with such a great University and fan base. I again apologize to anyone whom I have offended."
It's at this point in 24 where Jack Bauer would find some way to escape peril by beating up four terrorists at once using nothing but a nail clipper and his bare hands. I don't think our hero in this Pelini saga is nearly as cagey. More likely, this ends sometime down the road, probably in December, with a silent clock countdown to the end of the season.
That was always how 24 saluted a character that died, and right now Bo Pelini in Nebraska is on life support.
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