Has Nebraska's Bo Pelini Turned over a New Leaf for 2014?

Andrew CoppensContributor IJanuary 9, 2014

Jan 1, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini with the trophy after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field . Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
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Nebraska was one of two Big Ten teams to win bowl games this season, so the team and its fans have a right to celebrate. But it appears as though head coach Bo Pelini may have let the party go on a bit too long. 

Either that or he has turned over a new leaf and made a New Year's resolution to be less of a curmudgeon.  

It all started the night of the BCS National Championship game, when Pelini apparently had a rare moment of funny. 

Yes, that is Bo Pelini poking fun of the fake Bo Pelini account on Twitter. 

It has since taken on a life of it's own, with the best of the best put together at Omaha.com for your viewing pleasure.

Again, Bo Pelini was being funny in public. Let that soak in for a minute, because it is rare proof that Pelini is something other than a crazed, profane and mean human being. 

It's also a major change from the guy who dropped the good old "chicken bleep" bomb on live television following a loss to Iowa in the Heroes Game and dared his athletic director to fire him.

Don't forget he's also the one caught on tape ripping into "fair-weather fans" that was released earlier this year, as well. 

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 29: Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini during their game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial stadium on November 29, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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To say Pelini's pattern of behavior would suggest he's a warm, cuddly and funny guy is a bit much. 

In three years of covering the Big Ten, Pelini laughing has happened maybe twice, and getting him to smile during press conferences or other dealings with the media has been a rarity.  

However, it appears that Pelini is stepping up his game on Twitter and possibly turning over a new leaf in his public persona.  

Perhaps this is all part of his mad, evil-genius plan to take over the Big Ten, though. After all, two obscenity-laced tirades in one year weren't enough to get him fired. 

So, maybe letting go of control and showing some more of his personality (don't forget about him doing the Harlem Shake, as well) is his way of making up for all the bad that took place in 2013. 

There's no doubt Pelini's funny moments get just as much attention as the bad, and having another head coach in the athletic department that's used humor as a great way to promote his program doesn't hurt either. 

Just take a look at the attention Nebraska basketball gets thanks to its quirky and funny head coach, Tim Miles. 

He's a guy who doesn't mind being candid and funny, or poking fun at other's in the coaching fraternity: 

No matter the motive, it is working because people are seeing another side of Pelini, and seeming to be more accessible to the public is a PR win for Nebraska and its head coach. 

The question is, is this truly a head coach ready to let the anger go and show a bit more of who he is with the public, or is this just a temporary thing to keep the Huskers brand in the headlines? 

If there's more of what we saw on Monday, bring it on, because that version of Bo Pelini is far more likable. 

The college football world would be far better off with the funny Pelini than the curmudgeon we've gotten to know over the last six years. 


Andy Coppens is Bleacher Report's lead writer for the Big Ten. You can follow him on Twitter: @ andycoppens.