Nov 29, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers offensive coordinator Tim Beck moves head coach Bo Pelini away from the officials during the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Pelini was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis, right, talks to the officials. Iowa won 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Bo Pelini apologizes for outburst after Iowa loss

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After losing 38-17 to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday, Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini launched into a tirade during which he criticized the media and and dared Nebraska’s athletic department to fire him. On Saturday Pelini issued an apology for the outburst, thanking athletic director Shawn Eichorst for his support over the course of the difficult season.

Here’s Pelini’s statement:

I want to thank our administration and Shawn Eichorst in particular, for his continued and full support that he has given me and our football program since his arrival on campus. I am honored to represent this university and its great fans and I’m proud to lead this program into the future.

 

I apologize for reacting emotionally yesterday and for showing frustration both with the game officials and the media. I fully understand and respect their difficult jobs, and I regret any and all actions or words which may have shed a negative light on our program and university. Accountability is a core belief throughout our program, and as the head coach, I must set and maintain a high standard.

 

Our football staff is hitting recruiting full throttle and looking forward to the upcoming bowl game. We are committed to working with Shawn and our entire department staff to continue to build this program and bring championships back to Nebraska (Corn Nation).

Eichorst has confirmed that Pelini will be back next year. The Cornhuskers finished the 2013 regular season with an 8-4 record.

[Source: Corn Nation]

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