Nebraska fires Bo Pelini

Updated: 3:00 p.m: After finishing the year 9-3, Nebraska has fired head coach Bo Pelini after seven seasons at the helm. Nebraska associated head coach and run-game coordinator Barney Cotton will take over as interim head coach for the Huskers' future bowl game.

LINCOLN, Neb. - After finishing the year 9-3, Nebraska has fired head coach Bo Pelini. The Huskers will begin a nationwide search for just their sixth head coach since 1962.

Highlights from athletic director Shawn Eichort's press conference

Pelini had a 67-27 record during his seven seasons with Nebraska. In that time, the program went to three conference title games, but lost all three, including a 70-31 blowout against Wisconsin in 2012.

"We did win a bunch of games, but we didn't win the games that mattered the most." Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said. "At the end of the day I didn't see enough improvement in areas that were important."

Eichorst said he will handle the search for the Huskers next coach and no consulting firm will be obtained to help with his decision. He did inform former Nebraska head coach and athletic director Tom Osborne of his decision to not retain Pelini in a message, and Eichorst hopes to talk with the legendary coach in the near future.

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman, who was consulted with Eichorst on Saturday night, released a statement in support of his athletic director.

“I fully support Shawn’s decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program, and wish Bo and his family all of the best," said Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman in a statement. "I am confident that Shawn will find the best coach, teacher and fit for this University and for our football program.”

Nebraska associated head coach Barney Cotton will take over as the Huskers' interim coach for the coming weeks and Nebraska's bowl game.

Photos from the Nebraska press conference:
Courtesy of Stewart Photography

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