Sports website Deadspin.com posted a story and audio Monday afternoon where a person believed to be Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was critical of The World-Herald and fans following a 2011 victory over Ohio State.
Pelini mentions Tom Shatel by name and is critical of fans who didn’t return to their seats for the second half of the game.
On Monday, Pelini released a statement apologizing for the comments.
“I want to sincerely apologize for my comments from two years ago which became public today,” Pelini said in a statement. “I take full responsibility for these comments. They were spoken in a private room following the Ohio State game. 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 offended.”
Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman said in a statement: “I am aware of the publication of Coach Pelini’s comments, I am disappointed and in discussions with Shawn Eichorst about addressing the issue.”
Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst also released a statement: “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.”
Warning: The story and audio contain offensive language.
And this is the video from Pelini’s press conference following the 2011 win over the Buckeyes:
This release comes just hours after Pelini answered questions at Monday’s press conference regarding former Husker QB Tommie Frazier’s critical comments about the program following Sunday’s 41-21 loss to UCLA.
Pelini said of Frazier, “If he feels like that, so be it. We don’t need him,” after Frazier called for the firing of several NU defensive coaches.
Stay tuned: Rich Kaipust will have more tonight regarding the Deadspin report and Pelini’s day with the media.