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Nebraska Rumor: Bo Pelini Facing Possible Punishment for His Lack of Control

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 16: Coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers expresses his frustration with officials during their game against the Texas Longhorns at Memorial Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Texas Defeated Nebraska 20-13. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Mike WehlingAnalyst INovember 22, 2010


At the press conference today, Chancellor Perlman did not suspend Pelini, and Bo said he will work on his temper.  still unknown if the Big 12 plans to punish Bo.


The big rumor on campus today is that Bo Pelini might be suspended for the Colorado game. Bo was seen screaming at the referees, even shouting a few curses at them that led to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Bo was also shown yelling at Taylor Martinez and pulling on his jersey. The Martinez incident led to a rumor last night that Martinez had quit the team. This later proved to be false, as Martinez had just missed a tram meeting.

A press conference later today will reveal whether Pelini will be punished or not. While the excessive penalties were bad, Pelini needs to control his temper. In the words of Chancellor Harvey Perlman, "Pelini's actions were embarrassing". Bo has had anger issues ever since he was hired as a defensive coordinator back in 2003. Pelini's outbursts and possible suspension can dramatically hurt the program. Just last year, several prominent coaches were fired for yelling at players and lack of anger control. This can also hurt both the current players and recruits.

A suspension might convince recruits to look at other schools to play for. While I'm not sure if Pelini will be suspended, I do know that he will not be fired. Which, to be honest, would be stupid to do.

While Chancellor Perlman has decided that no punishment is necessary, it is unknown what the Big 12 will decide to do.  As both Perlman and Osborne have not said anything about it, nor has the Big 12, but the Big 12 always takes days to make a decision, so we'll find out sometime this week.

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