The Bo Pelini era has come to an abrupt end for Nebraska Cornhuskers football after seven up-and-down seasons.
On Sunday morning, the program announced that they had severed ties with Pelini, who is still owed $7.65 million after signing an extension with the school last season.
“Earlier this morning, I informed coach Bo Pelini of our decision to move forward in a new direction,” Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in a statement. “Coach Pelini served our University admirably for seven years and led our football program’s transition to the Big Ten Conference. We wish Coach Pelini and his wonderful family all the best and thank him for his dedicated service to the University.”
Despite his fair share of struggles as head coach of the Cornhuskers, Pelini had a fairly successful tenure in Lincoln. Finishing with a career record of 67-27 following Nebraska’s overtime victory against Iowa on Friday, Pelini will go down as one of the Cornhuskers’ better coaches in recent memory. Not only did he help the program transition into their move to the Big 10, but he instilled a hard-working, never-quit attitude that helped his players persevere on several different occasions.
With Pelini out of the picture, the Nebraska football program now faces an uncertain future. They’ve moved on from one of the better coaches in the Big 10, and will be hoping to find a capable replacement despite numerous other high-profile jobs being available.
Don’t be surprised to see Pelini land on his feet with, at least, a defensive coordinator job in one of the Power 5 conferences. He’s previously been a DC with LSU and Oklahoma before landing his first head coaching gig with Nebraska, and could be better suited spending his time on one side of the football.
Many will question this decision by Nebraska, and for good reason. While Pelini’s time with the Cornhuskers was a roller coaster ride, they could definitely do a lot worse. Then again, maybe both parties will benefit from a “new direction.”