Lincoln, NE, United States (4E Sports) – Nebraska coach Bo Pelini asked Cornhuskers fans for forgiveness and understanding after criticizing them in a leaked recording of an expletive-laced rant in 2011.
“I think our fans would understand the situation, the circumstances regarding this,” Pelini said, referring to the audio released by Deadspin.com from October 2011 following the Huskers’ win over Ohio State.
The recording captures Pelini’s comments that are critical of two Omaha sports writers and Nebraska fans. He was upset at fans for their halftime boos as Nebraska trailed the Buckeyes and at early departures from Memorial Stadium.
“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,” he said.
Deadspin.com said the audio was by a tipster who was upset with Nebraska’s performance in Saturday’s 41-21 home loss to UCLA.
Pelini said he “heard in the past that there was something out there” but that he didn’t know of the recording. After that, he apologized again to fans after issuing a statement Monday night.
“I think people will understand this isn’t representative of how I feel,” he said.
Chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Shawn Eichorst also issued statements Monday, saying they would continue to review the situation.
Pelini said he met with Eichorst and spoke on the phone with Perlman but that he didn’t know if he would face punishment over the incident.
“It’s hard to say,” Pelini said. “You’d have to ask them that.”
The coach reiterated his strong feelings for Nebraska’s fan base, which has sold out 328 consecutive home games.
“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,” he added.