Is Bo Pelini looking for a backdoor out of Lincoln?
His name was linked Monday to another job, this time Penn State. Pelini denied it. This morning, more details emerged.
The Post-Gazette in Pittsburgh reported that acting Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner interviewed Pelini last week in Texas.
In nine of 10 professions, there’s nothing wrong with listening to a prospective employer. But the football coach at Nebraska is the face of the university. For the well-being of the program, Nebraskans need to believe that Bo wants to be here — and that he embraces his lofty perch. That’s not an easy sell when Pelini is linked to other jobs, especially a program (like Penn State) in shambles.
Many fans are growing tired of the drama. It’s not just the uncertainty of the situation; it’s doubt about whether Pelini is fully invested. Does he believe Nebraska is good enough for him?
I know this is a tougher place to recruit than Bo would like. I know the scrutiny — both from fans and media — can be a nuisance. But the positives clearly outweigh the negatives at Nebraska. If Pelini can’t see that, he probably needs to move on.
This is the mercenary age of college football. Coaches don’t dream of spending a career at one school. Ten years is a long tenure. I get that.
But Pelini needs to recognize his environment. Nebraska fans want a coach who views the job as a destination, not a stepping stone.
If Pelini stays, he needs to show Nebraska fans a little more love. Act like he’s appreciative of the citizens’ money, time and interest. Either way, Bo would be wise to win big next year. Because a large portion of the fan base doesn’t forget this kind of stuff.
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Check out this bold quote from Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik: “I thought the guy single-handedly broke the spirit of my team.”
Valley schools will be tougher on McDermott. They will double-team him. His scoring average will drop. But if the Jays stay in the top 25, McDermott will draw plenty of national publicity in February and March. And one of the first questions will be, “How did this kid get away from Big Ten and Big 12 schools?”
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The Bluejays’ non-con schedule ranks 282nd (out of 345) by Ken Pomeroy. Real Time RPI ranks it 146th. What’s that mean? The Jays’ at-large profile isn’t as strong as we think. They don’t need to win the Valley to get into the NCAA tournament, but they do need to have a very good Valley season.
>> Yes, Kansas lost to Davidson in Kansas City. No, Steph Curry didn’t suit up for Davidson. Bill Self has an unbelievable run of seven straight seasons with at least a share of the Big 12 title. That streak is in serious jeopardy. KU is lucky Nebraska is no longer around :)
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