You be hard-pressed to find a more criticized head coach in all of college football than Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini. He’s just one of those figures that you either love endlessly, or malign viciously.
Pelini has been criticized for a number of things included calling out the Nebraska fan base–a conversation which was secretly recorded and released earlier in the 2013 season, his conduct on the field with both his players and the officials, and of course, the fact that the Huskers haven’t collected themselves a Big Ten Championship since they made the move from the Big 12.
Recently, Pelini sat down with CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler to address much of this, and he laid it all on the table, including telling everyone that this is just the way he is.
“The way the media wants to portray you, the way they want to exaggerate things — let me tell you, I ‘ve been coaching a long time and I’ve been around sports for a long time, anybody who walks onto the field when competition begins is different than they are off the field,” Pelini said. “You’re not like that all the time. I think people in this community and mainly around the state recognize that. They understand who I am and what I stand for and I live it every day. I’m not somebody who’s going to go out there and put out a false front. That’s who I am. I am who I am. I think people who really know me respect me for that. That’s the way I believe it should be.”
Whether you love or hate the man, you can’t argue that he’s kept this Nebraska team in a position for success, which he showed over a month ago when he took down one of the SEC powerhouses in the Georgia Bulldogs in the team’s bowl game.