Pelini asks Nebraska fans for forgiveness
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is hoping that fans forgive him for profanity-laced remarks he made two years ago that were made public this week.
Pelini apologized Tuesday during a Big Ten coaches' teleconference after issuing a statement on Monday night.
Meanwhile, Nebraska officials continue to reflect on the situation. Pelini has spoken with chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Shawn Eichorst, but there was no official indication of whether Pelini might face punishment.
"I think our fans would understand the situation, the circumstances regarding this," Pelini said Tuesday. "I might lose some, I don't know, but I think that I've built enough points with our fans over the last five years in how I've conducted myself, how I've run this program and what we've done with this program ... to earn some forgiveness for something that, like I said, was made in a private setting. I think people will understand this isn't representative of how I feel."
Deadspin.com released audio of a Pelini tirade after the Cornhuskers rallied in the second half to beat Ohio State in October 2011. He lashed out at fans for booing the team and leaving the game early.
The controversy came on the heels of Nebraska's 41-21 loss at home on Saturday to UCLA, which rallied from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Cornhuskers for the second straight year. The loss dropped Nebraska's record to 2-1.
Pelini, in his sixth year at Nebraska, said he is happy at the school and has turned down other offers to stay in Lincoln.
"I do believe that we have great fans," he said. "I respect them. I respect them for who they are. I've said it over and over and over since I've been here that we have great fans. But I'm human like anyone else. You say things in an emotional moment under certain circumstances. Like anybody else, you're human. You make mistakes. You apologize for your mistakes and you move on. And that's all you can do in this situation."
Perlman would not address the situation on Tuesday when asked by the Omaha World-Herald about it.
"I"m not going to talk about football today," Perlman told the World-Herald. "We're disappointed and we are reflecting on the situation."