In a stunning development, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have fired head football coach Bo Pelini on Sunday morning. Pelini was (9-3) in his seventh season with the Huskers, but two late season losses doomed the coach’s future with Nebraska. According to CFT, the hot seat was scorching by season’s end.
In an excerpt from the statement released by Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst:
I informed Coach Bo Pelini of our decision to move forward in a new direction,” a statement by Eichorst released by Nebraska said. “Coach Pelini served our University admirably for seven years and led our football programs transition to the Big Ten Conference. We wish Coach Pelini and his wonderful family all the best and thank him for his dedicated service to the University.
Bo Pelini never won fewer than nine games during his tenure with the Nebraska Huskers. Including an Alamo Bowl victory in 2003, Pelini was 67-27 as the head coach with the Cornhuskers. However, under Pelini, the Nebraska Cornhuskers never won a conference title. Each season has ended with a four loss, and Nebraska was not going to let that happen this year.
Before arriving in the Big 10, Nebraska lost twice in the in the Big 12 title game. One game included the loss to the Texas Longhorns in 2009. The Cornhuskers had the win in hand until officials put a second back on the clock. The Longhorns ended up kicking the game winning field goal, and it’s never been the same for Nebraska ever since.
Since that moment, Nebraska lost to the Oklahoma Sooners, and the Wisconsin Badgers in one of the more embarrassing conference title games. Yet, it could be the 2014 version of the Wisconsin beat down that forced Shawn Eichorst’s hand. After jumping out to a 14 point lead, Nebraska saw their defense give up 56 straight points. In the process, they let Melvin Gordon break the single game rushing record. Even though the record was broken the following week, the defensive performance had to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Nebraska can go in a couple different ways, but they better have a plan. Otherwise, they Husker faithful will long for the days of nine or 10 win seasons. The news of Bo Pelini’s firing could be detrimental to Oregon’s chances of winning a national title. If Nebraska is remotely interested in Scott Frost, his attention to detail as the Oregon offensive coordinator could wane during the postseason.