Hours after Bo Pelini fired back at criticism from one of the Nebraska program’s all-time greats, sports website Deadspin posted 2-year-old audio of the Cornhuskers coach using profane language as he talked about fans and two newspaper writers.
Pelini’s problematic Monday came on the heels of yet another brutal loss for the Huskers. Visiting UCLA wiped out an 18-point deficit and beat Nebraska, 41-21, on Saturday.
The Deadspin audio was of Pelini speaking off air with Husker Sports Network play-by-play man Greg Sharpe before his postgame radio interview following Nebraska’s win over Ohio State in October 2011.
Pelini had been criticized by fans and media in the days leading up to the Ohio State game for the Huskers’ performance the week before in a 31-point loss at Wisconsin.
In the audio, Pelini repeatedly uses an expletive to refer to what he called “fair-weather” fans.
“I’m aware of it and I’m disappointed,” Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman said of the audio. “We are taking some time to consider it and what impact it would have on the university.”
Perlman declined to answer whether Pelini was in danger of losing his job.
During his weekly news conference, Pelini responded to criticism from former Huskers quarterback Tommie Frazier, saying if Frazier doesn’t like how he’s running the program, he doesn’t need his support.
Frazier, who led the Huskers’ unbeaten national championship teams in 1994 and ’95, ripped the direction of the program on Twitter hours after the loss to UCLA.
Frazier called for the firings of Pelini’s defensive assistants. Frazier had been honored at halftime for his selection this year to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Frazier tweeted a response to Pelini: “He’s right, he doesn’t need me. I’m not the answer but he needs someone to help define success for this program. Nebraska fans deserve more.”
ROBBED DURING GAME
Nine Iowa football players and coaches were robbed of cellphones and cash from their locker room during Saturday night’s victory at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa.
The Hawkeyes noticed the missing items when they returned to their locker room following a 27-21 win over the rival Cyclones.
The Iowa State University police department said the locker room was staffed by private security.
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