Bo Pelini said “I fully anticipate coaching this weekend” as he met with reporters Tuesday and further discussed the fallout from the Deadspin report that included audio from an expletive-filled private conversation after a game two years ago.
Pelini said he had not met with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman or Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst on Tuesday after having brief discussions with both Monday night.
Asked if any suspension had been discussed and if he would accept one, Pelini said: “I haven’t heard anything about anything as far as that’s concerned.”
Asked if he had been given any assurance that he would coach the team Saturday against South Dakota State, Pelini replied: “I haven’t been given any assurance, but you just proceed with the information that you have. I’m the head football coach until somebody says different.”
Pelini said he thought his team “came out and had a great practice today,” and added that he doesn’t think the last couple days have affected his team at all.
Pelini said he has told his team that none of what’s happening involves them and to stick with their football and stay focused.
“It’s a situation that I need to deal with personally,” he said.
Pelini said that he has “good relationship” with IMG College, the parent company of the Husker Sports Network. He reiterated his statement from the Big Ten teleconference earlier Tuesday that he would be interested in who provided the audio to Deadspin.com, a sports website.
The audio catches comments Pelini made after the Huskers’ 34-27 comeback win over Ohio State on Oct. 8, 2011, just as he about to start his Husker Sports Network postgame interview with play-by-play voice Greg Sharpe.
Pelini said Tuesday he hopes people understand that the audio was from two years ago and not meant for public consumption.
“I’m human like anybody else,” he said. “You make some mistakes, you move on.
“I’m not making any excuses. I’m a grown man and I accept responsibility for what I said, but I think we’ve all said things that we don’t necessarily mean. You get frustrated, and you learn from it. That was a long time ago that that happened. I believe I’ve continued to grow as a head coach in a lot of different ways since that point. I’ll leave it at that.”