The 24th ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers lost to Minnesota on Saturday 34-23 and put Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini firmly on the hot seat. Earlier this season, calls for Pelini to be fired were heard after an audio tape surfaced in which Pelini ripped Cornhusker fans, calling them “fair-weather” among other things unsuitable to print. Now, however, it might just be Pelini’s performance that proves his undoing in Lincoln.
With Nebraska falling to 5-2 on the season and a tough schedule coming up with games against Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Iowa, the Cornhuskers will be challenged from this point on. How this team responds after a crushing defeat to a conference opponent they should have beaten soundly will most likely determine Peilini’s fate.
Nebraska will almost certainly lose their Top 25 ranking and might not be able to regain it the rest of the season. That won’t sit well with Cornhusker faithful that already feel disrespected by Pelini and the rocky relationship should only become rockier this week.
Should Nebraska fire Pelini at the end of the season? That is certainly going to be a hot topic in and around Lincoln over the coming weeks. The profanity-laced tirade could have been overlooked if Pelini led Nebraska to a Top 25 finish and a bowl victory. Now, all of that is in jeopardy and the Cornhusker faithful will be loud in their demands to see Pelini ousted at the end of the season.
Nebraska has shown patience with Pelini and has chosen to let the audio recording slide but Pelini had to win football games to ensure he would be keeping his job. With one or two more losses Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst won’t be able to justify keeping Pelini around, especially with alumni already angry.