Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, November 30, 2014
Nebraska has fired football coach Bo Pelini after seven seasons and a 67-27 record, including a 22-10 Big Ten clip.
Nebraska A.D. Shawn Eichorst announced the decision Sunday morning, two days after Pelini and Nebraska rallied to an exciting overtime win at Iowa in the regular-season finale.
The Huskers finished the 2014 season 9-3, the seventh straight year Pelini won at least nine games, and appear to be destined for a quality bowl.
Wherever they end up playing in the postseason, the Huskers will be without their head coach. Assistant Barney Cotton will serve as the interim coach.
This is how Nebraska players learned about the firing Sunday morning:
A lot to take in with one email. pic.twitter.com/hQ6KYUA4Qk
— Jack Gangwish (@jackgangwish) November 30, 2014
See the Twitter reaction to the decision below.
First, let's hear from the Nebraska family:
Biggest mistake you ever made…. Bo was the best coach I've ever had and I'll always appreciate the things you taught me.
— Tommy Armstrong Jr. (@Tommy_Gun4) November 30, 2014
I guess that's the way something's just roll smh
— DeMornay Pierson-El (@ThtPiersonElKid) November 30, 2014
Unreal. Bo believed in me and I 100% believed in him. Can't believe this….
— Jordan Westerkamp (@JordanWesty1) November 30, 2014
He's the reason we came here
— Bane (@NathanGerry) November 30, 2014
That man has always had our backs and did anything he could do to help us. If it wasn't for Bo a lot of us wouldn't even be here.
— Alexander The Great (@Lalexander_2) November 30, 2014
Stupidest goddamn decision I've ever seen, heard, or been a part of.
— Matthew Finnin (@StepDaddyFinnin) November 30, 2014
Think of a non family member in your life u would do anything for. Now imagine having that person ripped out of your life. Thats how we feel
— Samuel Hahn (@daHAHNi) November 30, 2014
That's the worse way to wake up in the morning. Smh that's some Bull real talk man. I guess stability doesn't mean anything
— T. Allen (@brasko7) November 30, 2014
Words can't explain how much all the players appreciate what you did for us. Love you Coach Bo and thanks for everything.
— Rex Burkhead (@RBrex2022) November 30, 2014
The leadership issues at the University of Nebraska extend above the Head Football Coach's office.
— Ndamukong Suh (@NdamukongSuh) November 30, 2014
I feel terrible for Bo and his staff! They put their hearts and souls into the program! I will be forever thankful for them! It's a shame!
— Justin Blatchford (@blatch39) November 30, 2014
Will always be thankful for Coach Pelini! Really helped mold me into the player I am today. Can't thank him enough! @Huskers
— Prince Amukamara (@PrinceAmukamara) November 30, 2014
I just hope the next head man that comes in, cares not only about winning but the development of men. Thank you Coach Bo for everything!!
— DeJon Gomes (@D_Gomes24) November 30, 2014
Most wins by any coach in the last seven years in college football… What just happened man
— Sam Foltz (@samfoltz27) November 30, 2014
Smh can't believe it!
— Brandon Kinnie (@BKinnie84) November 30, 2014
Thank you Coach Bo for everything you did for not only myself but all of my brothers at the University of Nebraska You will be missed by all
— P.J. Mangieri (@PJ_Mangieri) November 30, 2014
Nebraska doesn't realize what they just did. Unbelievable
— Cole Pensick (@CPensick62) November 30, 2014
Bo was the best coach I have ever had the pleasure to play under. Highest character, loyal, I could make a freakin list…..
— Mike Moudy (@Mike1Husk3r) November 30, 2014
Absolutely unbelievable and people are mad of the coaching options ??! Who do you think you're gonna get ?! Tell me right the hell now!
— RK3?? (@rkellogg3) November 30, 2014
I don't see how this decision will help the program. If anything, it'll make it worst honestly.
— Vincent Valentine Jr (@TheRealVRVJ) November 30, 2014
They fired @BoPelini SMH!!! Big mistake not sure if I wanna watch the bowl game now I'm sick!!! But whatever man I'll support the players
— Eric Martin (@EMar46) November 30, 2014
Smh terrible decision just awful smh 9 wins gets you fired? Thank you coach Bo for everything u did for me & this team over ur tenure
— Josh Mitchell (@J_Mitch05) November 30, 2014
— Will Compton (@_willcompton) November 30, 2014
Four years ago when coach Bo came to my house for my official visit, never imagine I'll play for anyone else. Love & appreciate that man.
— Michael Rose-Ivey (@Rose_IveyNB15) November 30, 2014
Wishing the best for my coach moving forward. He'll land on his feet because he's a great coach and an even better man.
— Terrence Moore (@TMO_90) November 30, 2014
— Jermarcus Hardrick (@Yoshi_Hardrick) November 30, 2014
Gonna be really hard to find another coach who did as much as @BoPelini did for the program and his players. Thanks for everything Bo.
— Spencer Long (@slong_61) November 30, 2014
Man I just woke up to that…really? Coach Bo was a great coach and even better man
— zach sterup (@zster_p) November 30, 2014
Thank you coach Bo for everything! I'm honestly pissed!
— Zo Whaley (@Zo_Whaley) November 30, 2014
Coach Bo has done volumes for myself and my family during my time at the university. Thank you Coach, for the opportunity to grow here.
— Jack Gangwish (@jackgangwish) November 30, 2014
@FauxPelini, your thoughts?
THAT'S IT I QUIT
— Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini) November 30, 2014
And now from the media:
Bo Pelni was defensive guy with no head coaching experience. Think opposite for possible next guy: proven head coach w/offense background.
— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) November 30, 2014
It didn't start with Pelini, but given Nebraska's history, unacceptable the program has not won a conference title since 1999.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 30, 2014
Nebraska has to hire a guy who can win without five-stars. Because those guys tend to stick close to home. Got to be a great evaluator.
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) November 30, 2014
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 30, 2014
Pelini?s firing inevitably will be compared to Solich?s, which set Nebraska back. But this is program that demands excellence. Didn?t get it
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 30, 2014
A new era for Nebraska football begins. Thought Pelini might have survived with the Iowa win
— Brian Bennett (@BennettESPN) November 30, 2014
Losing to Iowa gets you another year. Beating Iowa gets you fired. Frankly, I really think it makes perfect sense.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 30, 2014
If I'm Nebraska, I do whatever I can to lure Jerry Kill away from Minnesota, which won't be easy.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) November 30, 2014
Disturbing when a guy like @BoPelini goes seven straight years with 9 or more wins and gets fired. Gotta be something more to the story.
— Jason King (@JasonKingBR) November 30, 2014
The national reaction to Bo Pelini being fired is interesting. One thing is for certain… It's going to be a hell of a search.
— Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) November 30, 2014
You know what would get good skill kids to go play in Lincoln in tough recruiting environment? Oregon's offense
— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) November 30, 2014
Bo Pelini fired as Nebraska football coach. Wow.
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) November 30, 2014
Bo Pelini mostly can blame himself for being fired, but I doubt his successor will win at least 9 games in 7 consecutive seasons as he did.
— Pat Harty (@PatHarty) November 30, 2014
Bo Pelini out at Nebraska. Huskers have now fired two coaches after 9-3 seasons (Frank Solich and Pelini).
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) November 30, 2014
I'm shocked that people are shocked about the Bo Pelini news. He's a defensive coach whose defenses stunk. 9-3 in weak B1G not impressive.
— Dave Biddle (@davebiddle) November 30, 2014
I'm mildly surprised by Pelini's firing at Nebraska. Too much success to make it obvious decision. Not enough to keep him safe.
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) November 30, 2014
The Bo Pelini news is a stunner. No pressure, next coach. Just do better than a .713 winning percentage and your job should be safe.
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) November 30, 2014
No surprise Nebraska fired Bo Pelini. With his record he will probably get a new job soon
— Bob Asmussen (@BobAsmussen) November 30, 2014
Bo Pelini out at Nebraska. Quite a shocker. Best choice would be Oregon OC, former Cornhusker QB Scott Frost.
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) November 30, 2014
Might want to stick to head coaching. But Bo Pelini immediately becomes a very attractive candidate as a defensive coordinator.
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) November 30, 2014
So the one time Bo Pelini DOESN'T lose four games, he gets fired. (Granted, it could have happened in a bowl game).
— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) November 30, 2014
Bo Pelini won 66 games over the past 7 seasons at Nebraska, including 3 bowl games. He was fired this morning.
— Scott Greene (@TerrapinNation) November 30, 2014