Around college football: Pelini says Huskers fans backing him
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said yesterday that he doesn’t know if he will be disciplined for his profane rant about Cornhuskers fans two years ago, adding that he expects most will continue to support him.
An audio of Pelini’s tirade leaked to the website Deadspin.com has Big Red fans buzzing.
Pelini issued an apology in a statement on Monday night and reiterated it during the Big Ten teleconference yesterday.
University chancellor Harvey Perlman has expressed disappointment in Pelini but declined to comment when asked if the coach would be disciplined. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst said he was “disheartened.”
Pelini said he has met with Eichorst and spoken on the phone with Perlman but did not elaborate.
Pelini said he was shocked by the release of the audio, although he indicated he knew a potentially damaging audio existed. Pelini said he might lose some fan support but that he was confident many would understand that his comments were made during what he thought was a private conversation after a 34-27 victory over Ohio State in October 2011.
“I think I’ve built up enough points with our fans over the last five years in how I’ve conducted myself, how I’ve run this program and what we’ve done with this program to earn some forgiveness for something that was made in a private setting,” Pelini said. “People will understand this isn’t how I feel about the fans. I’ve said it over and over.”
The audio caught Pelini criticizing fans who left the stadium in the third quarter, when the Huskers trailed 27-6. Nebraska’s comeback was the largest in program history.
Pelini is 51-21 in six seasons at Nebraska. His contract runs through the 2015 season. He’s being paid $2.975 million this year.
Prime time for UConn
Ready or not, Connecticut football hits prime time this week.
UConn (0-2) plays host to No. 15 Michigan (3-0) on Saturday night in a game that will be televised nationally.
Although it might be just another road game for Michigan, it is being billed as a milestone for Connecticut.
The school has added 2,300 temporary seats to Rentschler Field and expects to attract more than 42,000 people, the largest crowd in school history.
Michigan’s sports information department said this will be the smallest stadium the Wolverines have played in since 1991, when the capacity at Boston College was a little more than 32,000.
Kill won’t talk health
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has returned to his usual game-week routine three days after his latest epileptic seizure caused him to miss the second half of a victory over Western Illinois.
Kill declined to speak about his health at his weekly news conference yesterday. He said he wants to keep the focus on the players and their upcoming game against San Jose State on Saturday.
Kill’s seizure last weekend was his fourth on a game day since he took the Golden Gophers job in 2011. After resting at home over the weekend, he was back at the office on Monday.
Lights, camera, Fargo
ESPN has decided to stray from its typical plan for College GameDay and stage Saturday’s event before the North Dakota State game in Fargo.
It will be the fourth Football Championship Subdivision matchup featured on the show. ESPN officials said they like NDSU’s standing as the top-ranked team in FCS and a two-time defending national champion. NDSU plays host to Delaware State on Saturday.