The Big Ten issued a public reprimand of NU coach Bo Pelini on Monday and also announced that it has fined Nebraska $10,000 for violation of the league’s sportsmanship code.
It was apparently Pelini’s postgame comments after Friday’s 38-17 loss to Iowa that were out of line. The Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01 says fundamental elements of sportsmanship “include integrity of competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.”
The league’s news release made no mention of Pelini’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty — he was flagged after swinging his cap toward an official.
Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst issued a statement as part of the Big Ten release.
“The University of Nebraska embraces and supports the Big Ten Conference’s sportsmanship policy,” Eichorst said. “In that regard, we were disappointed with Coach Pelini’s actions this past Friday regarding game officials. We immediately recognized and addressed the situation with Coach Pelini and the Big Ten Conference. In addition, Coach Pelini acknowledged and accepted responsibility for the inappropriateness of his actions and issued a public apology in advance of this reprimand.”
Pelini’s apology was issued Saturday as part of a statement: “I apologize for reacting emotionally (Friday) and for showing frustration both with the game officials and the media. I fully understand and respect their difficult jobs, and I regret any and all actions or words which may have shed a negative light on our program and university. Accountability is a core belief throughout our program, and as the head coach, I must set and maintain a high standard.”
If for some reason you haven’t yet seen Pelini’s post-game press conference, follow this link.