“For whatever reason, we weren’t good enough in the games that mattered against championship quality opponents,” Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst said on Sunday morning after he announced he was replacing Bo Pelini as the head football coach. “We gave coach ample time, ample resources, and ample support to get that done, now we’re heading in a different direction.”
Only 15 other major Division I schools had more victories in the seven seasons that Pelini stormed the sidelines for the Huskers. That’s more wins than Florida, Georgia and Auburn in the SEC, Notre Dame, Texas and Penn State to name a few. No denying, Pelini has won a lot of football games, but to Eichorst’s point, he also trails some big name schools that fit that “championship caliber,” the A.D. is talking about.
Ohio State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin have all had more wins that Pelini’s Huskers since 2008. So has Oklahoma and Oklahoma State from the Big 12. Against the three Big Ten I just mentioned, Pelini’s record is just 4-6, including a 70-31 thumping by Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game. In his seven years, Pelini has taken his team to the conference title game three times, also losing twice in the Big 12 to OU and Texas by a combined four points.