Oh by the way, he is also the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Pelini took the job in
And, was it mentioned that Pelini is also an alum and former player at
Talk about a quandary.
While it seems Pelini is being pulled in many different directions, the third-year defensive coordinator minced no words when he expressed where his loyalties lie when the Tigers hit the turf in the Louisiana Superdome for the BCS Title Game.
"I played there (
Someone facing a similar situation is former Tiger running back Terry Robiskie. Robiskie, who played at LSU from 1973-76 and was an All-SEC performer in 1976, was the first running back in Tiger history to rush or 1,000 or more yards. He ran for 1,117 yards in 1976.
Robiskie's son, Brian, is the leading receiver for the 2007 Buckeyes. The younger Robiskie has caught 50 passes for 800-plus yards and hauled in 10 touchdowns. The elder Robiskie said he has no problem cheering for
"The game's going to be easy for me," Robiskie told the Gannett News Service. "It won't be complicated. I'll have no problem pulling for my son. I'm just telling you. I still love my school. I wish them well. And all my family is still back there and LSU means a lot to them."
Robiskie visited with Les Miles last week when the LSU coach was in
"Today I say hello to you as a friend and the coach of my alma mater," Robiskie told Gannett that he said to Miles. "But three weeks from now, you won't be my friend."
While Pelini will be facing his alma mater, he made it clear there is no question about his focus for the game.
"Once you walk between those lines, it's about focusing on what's important," Pelini said. "I talk to our players about that all the time. Emotions only last for a short amount of time. It's about doing your job and being focused on what matters in the football game. Obviously you are going to have some emotions high, but that happens anytime you play in game with stakes like this. I'm used to it, ready to deal with it and ready for the challenge."
As a defensive back for the Buckeyes, Pelini actually faced LSU twice. In 1987, the teams battled to a 13-13 in Tiger Stadium. The following season, the Buckeyes got the best of Mike Archer's LSU squad 36-33 in
"I remember coming to (LSU) and it was a great environment the day we played," Pelini said. "We played to a tie and I believe Karl Dunbar blocked the winning field goal. Then the next year it was a crazy game at
Pelini was back in
Miles joked that Pelini won't be wearing anything but LSU on the sideline for the big game in
"I agreed that he could call the entire defense, call every play," Miles said. "I also agreed that we would be ahead at the end of the game and that if he called a defense that didn't allow that to happen then he would be relieved of duty immediately. We've agreed that he will not wear an ‘N' on his cap when he coaches on the sidelines, and we agreed that he will have the same commitment that he has always had to his players, to our defense and to this team. We very much enjoy the fact that he will be on the sideline one last time."
As for finding a replacement for Pelini after he bids farewell for
"I am operating there with my own timetable and not wanting to really change things at this point," Miles said. "I have a way I would like to go, so I am going to let it play out slowly and take my time and do the right thing."