Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012 AT 9:00 PM / Updated at 9:01 PM
Pelini tired of sideline demeanor topic
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was asked on his call-in radio show Wednesday night about his sideline demeanor. He did not like the topic.

The caller made one point: That players may not respond favorably to that kind of passion. … Pelini’s response: “My players and I are close. I’d run through a wall for them, and they’d run through a wall for me.” He added that his players appreciate his competitive spirit.

The caller also asked a question: Does the way Pelini acts on the sideline impact how officiating crews call games? … Pelini said he sees “other coaches that are probably worse than I am.”

Bottom-line? “I get tired of hearing about my sideline demeanor,” Pelini said on “Sports Nightly” on the Husker Radio Network.

Pelini did admit that in past seasons he’s “lost (his) cool,” but he said he’s since made “adjustments” to address that. He mentioned that football’s “emotional” and he’s “passionate.” He’s found the right mix.

“I’ve grown into the position,” Pelini said. “One thing you can’t do is you can’t completely change who you are.”

It should be noted that Nebraska has been penalized 6.9 times per game this year, ranking 80th nationally. The Husker sideline was called for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Michigan.

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Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.