December 21, 2014

Gregory and Pierson-El named FWAA All-Americans

De'Mornay Pierson-El

De’Mornay Pierson-El

Junior defensive end Randy Gregory and freshman wide receiver/punt returner De’Mornay Pierson-El were both named second-team All-Americans by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

Nebraska had a pair of players selected to the FWAA All-America teams for the first time since 1997, when three Huskers were honored. The FWAA has released its All-America teams for 71 seasons and Pierson-El is the first Husker freshman to be recognized by the organization. Overall, Pierson-El is just the second Nebraska underclassmen to earn FWAA All-America honors, joining halfback Bobby Reynolds, who was a first-team selection as a sophomore in 1950. Pierson-El and Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine were the only two freshmen named an FWAA All-American.

Pierson-El earned a spot as the second-team punt returner after leading the nation with 589 punt return yards, more than 200 yards higher than any other player in the nation. He returned three punts for a touchdown, which tied for the national lead. Pierson-El was also named a second-team All-American by USA Today, in addition to earning freshman All-America accolades from several organizations.

A two-time All-Big Ten selection, Gregory was honored by the FWAA one day after garnering third-team All-America accolades from the Associated Press. Despite battling injuries throughout his junior campaign, Gregory totaled 50 tackles, including 7.0 sacks and 10 tackles for loss. He also blocked two field goals, broke up three passes and had an interception while becoming Nebraska’s first two-time all-conference defensive lineman since Ndamukong Suh.

Pelini throws NU administration under the bus, but lessons should be learned by Eichorst (AUDIO)

Bo Pelini gives an earful to an official at the Capital One Bowl

Bo Pelini gives an earful to an official at the Capital One Bowl.  He also gave an earful to his former players. 

Vulgar language has been apart of Bo Pelini’s M.O. since we’ve known him as the head football coach at Nebraska and that was certainly on full display when you hear the tape of his 30 minute speech he gave to his players off campus after he was fired by Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst.

I’m not sure I entirely agree with the way Pelini handled the meeting with the players.  I think he still has a responsibility to those young men to offer encouragement and I believe he did at some points during that meeting, but to throw the administration under the bus in front of those kids who will continue to play football at Nebraska was wrong.

However, having said that, I also think Husker nation got a good picture of the leadership style of Eichorst…the players may feel alienated.  Eichorst needs to work on making himself more visible to the players.

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University of Nebraska fires back at Pelini

Nebraska

Nebraska

Statement from University of Nebraska

December 17, 2014

The University of Nebraska is in receipt of what appears to be a transcript of remarks delivered by former football coach Bo Pelini.  These remarks to student-athletes were allegedly made during a non-official team meeting at a local high school, held two days after his termination.  At this time, the University cannot authenticate the transcript nor do we have an audio version of the remarks.

If these comments were, indeed, spoken by Mr. Pelini, we are extremely disappointed, but it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska.  His habitual use of inappropriate language, and his personal and professional attacks on administrators, are antithetical to the values of our university.  His behavior is consistent with a pattern of unprofessional, disrespectful behavior directed by Mr. Pelini toward the passionate fans of Nebraska, employees of the university and, most concerning, our student-athletes.  This behavior is not tolerated at the University of Nebraska and, among many other concerns, played a role in his dismissal.

Any assertions that the campus or athletics administration was not supportive of our student-athletes and our football program are flat-out false and are contradicted by the facts.

We are grateful that the new leadership in our football program is aligned with our values and will establish that you can be successful at Nebraska and that you can do it with integrity and class.

Pelini going back home. Reports suggest he’ll coach Youngstown State

Bo Pelini looking for intensity for a full 60 minutes.

Bo Pelini

Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini will become the head-coach at Youngstown State. Pelini went to high school in Youngstown, Ohio.   Pelini was 67-27 as Nebraska’s coach, passing Tom Osborne for the most wins ever at the school in a coach’s first seven years, but he couldn’t win the big games.

Pelini joins former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who is president of Youngstown State.

 

Michigan and Wisconsin still on hold with their coaching searches (AUDIO)

Paul Chryst (photo/pittsburghpanthers.com)

Paul Chryst (photo/pittsburghpanthers.com)

After LSU’s Monday evening bowl practice, Tigers’ coach Les Miles addressed persistent rumors that he will return to his alma mater, where he played under Bo Schembechler and spent a decade as an assistant coach.  Miles refused to be quoted on the record, but he sent a clear message: A return to Ann Arbor is not going to happen. He and his agent, have not heard from Michigan, Miles said, and he would not change jobs even if Michigan made contact.

Paul Chryst is still the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers. While the former Wisconsin player and offensive coordinator said Monday he has talked to the Badgers about the vacant head coaching position, he hasn’t heard anything concrete and doesn’t expect to before Wednesday, the earliest Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez can name a successor to Gary Andersen.

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