(Sports Network) - Bo Pelini has apologized after audio surfaced Monday of the
Nebraska football coach going on a profane rant against fans and reporters
after a 2011 game.
Pelini, Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman and Cornhuskers athletic director
Shawn Eichorst issued statements hours after Deadspin.com posted the audio
Deadspin said it received the audio from a tipster who said the recording was
made Oct. 8, 2011, after the Cornhuskers came back from 21 points down to beat
In it, Pelini uses expletives to express his apparent frustrations with fans
"I want to sincerely apologize for my comments from two years ago which became
public today," Pelini said in his statement. "I take full responsibility for
these comments. They were spoken in a private room following the Ohio State
"I was venting following a series of emotional events which led to this
moment. That being said, these comments are in no way indicative of my true
feelings. I love it here in Nebraska and feel fortunate to be associated with
such a great university and fan base. I again apologize to anyone whom I have
Deadspin says the recording was made before Pelini's postgame radio interview.
The 1-minute, 42-second clip was posted two days after Nebraska's 41-21 loss
to UCLA on Saturday.
In it, Pelini says about Cornhuskers fans: "It took everything in my power to
not say, '[Expletive] you, fans. [Expletive] all of you.' [Expletive] 'em."
A man, identified by the website as radio host Greg Sharpe of the Husker
Sports Network, says a lot of fans left at halftime of the Ohio State game
(when Nebraska trailed 20-6). An unidentified woman begins to say fans
returned to their seats.
Pelini replies: "Our crowd. What a bunch of [expletive] fair-weather
[expletive] ... they can all kiss my a-- out the [expletive] door. Because
the day is [expletive] coming now. We'll see what they can do when I'm
[expletive] gone. I'm so [expletive] pissed off."
The Nebraska coach also had choice words to say about two reporters, using the
same type of profane language.
Deadspin points out that Pelini seemed not to know he was being recorded.
"I am aware of the publication of coach Pelini's comments," Perlman said. "I
am disappointed and in discussions with Shawn Eichorst about addressing the
Said Eichorst: "I am disheartened and disappointed by the 2011 comments
published today attributed to coach Pelini about our dedicated and passionate
fans and supporters. I have spoken with Chancellor Perlman and I have
addressed the situation with Bo and expressed our deep concern."
Pelini is 51-21 in six-plus seasons as the Nebraska coach. In 2009, he signed
a contract extension through the 2014 season.
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