No punishment for Pelini

Nebraska released a statement on Wednesday saying head coach Bo Pelini would receive no punishment for his recent audio rant and the matter is put to rest.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Less than 48 hours after released audio of Bo Pelini deeply criticizing Nebraska fans and the Omaha World Herald, the university in a statement says the head coach will not receive any punishment and "the matter is put to rest."

"The comments made by Head Football Coach Bo Pelini in 2011, published Monday, are unfortunate and deeply concerning to us, as they would be to anyone who loves this university. Our coaches, staff and student-athletes must be held to a high standard and Coach Pelini's remarks were unfair to the legions of Nebraska fans and not what we expect from a representative of this university. Former Director of Athletics Tom Osborne became aware of these comments and the existence of a recording more than a year ago, and addressed the matter with Coach Pelini. We have observed, and many others have commented, that Coach Pelini's demeanor has significantly improved since the time of this incident. Coach Pelini has given us his assurance that he understands the seriousness and inappropriateness of his comments. We believe he is sincere in his apology and in his regret. We are prepared to put the matter to rest. Our football student-athletes, coaches and staff deserve all of our support and we know the Nebraska faithful will be there for them."

In his first five years with the program, Pelini has recorded a 48-20 record. The Huskers are 2-1 on the season, but recently dropped out of the AP Top 25 after a 41-21 loss to No. 13 UCLA on Saturday. Nebraska held a 21-3 lead late in the second quarter, but saw the Bruins score 38 unanswered points to end the game.

Even before the released audio, Pelini's seat had become increasingly warmer by most fan's perspective.

Known as a defensive guru, Pelini has watched Nebraska go 2-3 in their last five contests dating back to last season. Over the stretch, the Huskers have given up close to 524 yards and 40 points per game to their opponents.

Nebraska will take on FCS opponent South Dakota State on Saturday. The game can be seen on the Big Ten Network at 2:30 p.m.

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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