The Pros and Cons of Tennessee Hiring Nebraska's Bo Pelini as New Head Coach

Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 6, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 01: Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini watches the action during the Big Ten Championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee coaching rumors are flying off the shelves. One minute it is Butch Davis, the next it's Mike Gundy and now Bo Pelini is the next to be thrown into the pot. According to

Outkick the Coverage also released the news earlier today: reports that Bo Pelini has reached out to Tennessee. Nebraska fans rejoice?

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Is this finally the guy that the Volunteers are going to hire? Could it just be another rumor like many of the other reports that have touched down in Knoxville?

Only time will answer those questions, but here are the pros and cons if Tennessee thinks he is the one.



Unlike the Gundy rumors that were being tossed around and have recently been shot down, Pelini would bring a defensive mind to Tennessee. Gundy is all offense and no defense, while Pelini actually worries about the most important side of the ball.  

The current Nebraska head coach has a long tradition of focusing on defense, as he has been a defensive coordinator for many teams and has turned units around quickly. His best work may have come back in 2007 when he was the defensive coordinator for the LSU Tigers. The team went on to win the national championship and had the third best defense in the country.  

For a Tennessee team that ranked dead last in the SEC this year in total defense, a bright mind like Pelini could really pay off for the Volunteers. It is defense that wins in this conference and that is exactly what he would bring to the table.  

He also has ties to the NFL, which has to be attractive to top recruits. Having done work with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers, Pelini knows what it takes to get to the next level. With NFL prospects all over the SEC, many would find playing for a coach with NFL experience quite intriguing, considering that is the goal for most top athletes.  

The recruiting under Nebraska hasn't exactly been amazing, but with a move to the SEC, things would be a lot easier for Pelini and his staff.  

Pelini began his real coaching career back in 1993 and at the young age of 44, there is a good chance he is just starting to make a name for himself. If the hire does take place, Tennessee may be getting a young coach that is just about to enter his prime.


The main concern that anybody would have with Pelini is the fact that he is a hot-headed coach. He doesn't take anything from anybody and he has no issues letting a player know that he is stinking it up.

Just watch this video below to see a general idea of how things are on Saturday.

Some love that a coach is just as passionate as the fans are and wants to win just as bad, while others will really be turned off by it. It does not look good when a coach is putting his finger in a player's chest and screaming down his throat. This type of stuff can bring negative attention to the school, which is the last thing a rebuilding program needs.

Another issue you may have with Pelini is that he hasn't really turned the corner as a head coach. Despite coaching Nebraska since 2008, he has yet to lead the team to a BCS bowl game or any major success. Sure, the 49-19 record is impressive, but Tennessee is looking for big-time success with the next coaching hire.

Could Pelini be that guy to get the Volunteers over the hump?