Reigning national champion LSU is bringing back Bo Pelini as defensive coordinator , the position he held when the Tigers won a national championship in the season, and making him one of the country's highest-paid assistant coaches. Pelini has spent the past five years as head coach at Youngstown State, which he coached to the Football Championship Subdivision national title game in The chance to work with coach Orgeron, the ability to take charge of the Tigers defense, is something that I'm extremely excited about. All of that in a place that both my family and I immensely enjoyed when we were there before is very exciting for us. During Pelini's three years as LSU defensive coordinator under then-coach Les Miles from , the Tigers ranked third nationally on defense all three years. Pelini's LSU defenses averaged 38 sacks per season and created a total of 71 turnovers.
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He is the younger brother of former Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini , who has frequently worked under Bo as an assistant coach. He served as head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers from December until November Pelini was raised in Youngstown, Ohio , a former center of steel production with a strong athletic tradition. Pelini started in his last two years, and served as a team co-captain in his senior year, along with Vinnie Clark , Jeff Graham , and Greg Frey.
Following his playing career, Pelini began his coaching career at the University of Iowa as a graduate assistant for the Iowa Hawkeyes under Hayden Fry in Following the season, Pelini was briefly employed as linebackers coach with the Detroit Drive of the Arena Football League. In , Pelini got his first position in the National Football League when he was hired by San Francisco 49ers head coach George Seifert as a scouting assistant. He was quickly promoted to assistant secondary coach, and by the spring of he had been promoted again to defensive backs coach.
In , Pelini was hired by New England Patriots head coach Pete Carroll , again as defensive backs coach, helping the Patriots reach the playoffs twice during his three years there. Green Bay posted a 33—15 record and reached the playoffs twice in Pelini's three years there as linebackers coach. In , the season prior to his hiring, Cornhuskers' defense was ranked 55th nationally. In his first year it improved to 11th and led the country in turnover margin.
At the conclusion of the regular season, despite posting a 9—3 record, Solich was fired by new Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson. Pelini was named the interim head coach and led the Cornhuskers to a 17—3 win over the Michigan State Spartans in the Alamo Bowl. The following year, Nebraska's defense fell to 56th nationally. For , Pelini joined the Oklahoma Sooners as co-defensive coordinator under head coach Bob Stoops , helping the Sooners to a 6th place national rushing defense and 11th place national scoring defense on their way towards winning the Big 12 Championship Game and a spot in the BCS National Championship Game , where they were defeated 55—19 by the USC Trojans.
His success continued, as LSU was ranked 3rd nationally in overall defense for each of his three years with the Tigers. One day after the Cornhuskers' final game of the season, a 65—51 loss to the Colorado Buffaloes and finishing the season with 5 wins and 7 losses, Osborne fired Bill Callahan and announced an immediate search for a new football coach.
Pelini was selected after a nine-day search as the next head coach. Nebraska then proceeded to lose a close game to Virginia Tech Hokies , and then suffered the worst home loss in school history to the Missouri Tigers 52—17 the next week.
The first road game of the season produced a loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders in overtime despite giving up 8. They came back home and won against the Baylor Bears.
Pelini's Huskers then lost on the road the following week to the Oklahoma Sooners by a tune of 62—28, where Oklahoma scored 35 straight before Nebraska answered.
By halftime, the score was 49— This game marked the first time Pelini went up against Bob Stoops who he formerly worked under as defensive coordinator for the Sooners in This game also marks the most points ever scored against Nebraska in a single quarter. The 9—4 season was capped by a 26—21 victory over the Clemson Tigers at the Gator Bowl , played only days after Pelini returned from his father's funeral service in Ohio.
Pelini's regular season record of 9—4 was the highest among all 28 Division I FBS teams with new head coaches and staffs that year.
Pelini's contract ran until February Expectations were high heading into the season for the Cornhuskers. Despite having to replace record-setting quarterback Joe Ganz, and the entire receiving corps, Nebraska was expected to contend in the wide open Big 12 North Division. The Cornhuskers were ranked in the preseason at 24 by the AP , the first pre-season ranking since the season.
Nebraska was expecting big seasons from running back Roy Helu and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Before the season even started, Pelini had to kick his second leading rusher, Quentin Castille off the team. Castille's absence led to the emergence to true freshman running back Rex Burkhead during fall camp. Texas, led by quarterback Colt McCoy , was heavily favored over the Huskers, who were ranked number The All-American had 4.
With his performance Suh was invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony, where he finished 4th. Suh flourished under coach Pelini, finishing the season with 85 tackles, 12 sacks, 24 tackles for a loss, 10 passes broken up, 3 blocked kicks, one interception, and a forced fumble. Nebraska finished the season with a 33—0 win over the Arizona Wildcats in the Holiday Bowl where Pelini proclaimed to the Nebraska fans in the Holiday Bowl stands "Nebraska is back and we're here to stay!
The victory was the first bowl shutout of Nebraska's 45 bowl history, as well as the first shutout in Holiday Bowl history. Under Pelini Nebraska finished 1 in NCAA scoring and pass efficiency defense, the first time since and that Nebraska has led the country in those categories respectively. Following a mixed finish notably the Big 12 Championship Game loss and the Holiday Bowl victory , Bo's Cornhuskers began the season ranked 8 in the pre-season AP poll.
Nebraska was expected by several sports analysts to compete for the Big 12 title before departing to the Big Ten Conference in Nebraska proceeded to beat the Colorado Buffaloes in the final regular game of the season, clinching the Big 12 North title. In the Big 12 Championship Game , Nebraska committed four turnovers and blew a 17—0 second quarter lead on the way to a 23—20 defeat to Big 12 South Co-Champion Oklahoma. Nebraska lost the Holiday Bowl , 19—7, to the Washington Huskies.
Three months prior, the Cornhuskers defeated the Huskies by 35 points in Seattle. After a disappointing end to the season, Nebraska began with wins in its first four games against Chattanooga, Fresno State, Washington, and Wyoming. The Cornhuskers came out strong tying it up at 14—14 with four minutes to go in the 2nd quarter, but Wisconsin's offense dominated Nebraska in the 2nd half and ending up winning the game with a score of 48— Nebraska rebounded by winning three games in a row, including a point second half comeback — the largest in school history — against Ohio State and a 24—3 win versus 9 Michigan State.
After that winning streak they were upset by the unranked Northwestern Wildcats where they suffered two fumbles inside the Northwestern 30 yard line. The next game for the Cornhuskers came against 12 Penn State. The week leading up to the game had much of the national focus revolving the firing of coach Joe Paterno and the sexual assault charges in the Penn State sex abuse scandal.
A prayer was held before the game for both teams by Nebraska running backs coach Ron Brown. The Cornhuskers won the game 17— The Cornhuskers began the season ranked 17 in the AP Poll. Due to postseason ineligibility of both Ohio State and Penn State, they played the third place team in the Leaders Division, Wisconsin.
The Cornhuskers never led during the game and were defeated by a score of 31— The Cornhuskers began the season ranked 18 in the AP Poll.
Nebraska went on and defeated Georgia 24—19 in the Gator Bowl, avenging last year's bowl loss to the Bulldogs. Nebraska finished the season with a 9—4 record, Pelini's sixth straight season with nine or more wins. Nebraska also finished the season ranked 25 in the final Coaches Poll, but unranked in the final AP Poll. They finished tied for second in the Big Ten's West Division with a 9—3 record and ranked 25th  in the nation. Firing On November 30, , after the conclusion of the regular season, Pelini was fired by Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst, effective immediately.
Pelini left the NU football program with a 67—27 record, winning at least 9 games in every season. Despite this record Nebraska never won a conference title under Pelini. Barney Cotton was announced as interim head coach, and prepared the team for its bowl game.
Pelini was hired by Youngstown State in December as their new head coach. The next three seasons would see Pelini coach the Penguins to records of 6—5, 4—7 and 6—6. Through his final season in , Pelini posted an overall record of 33—28 with one playoff appearance in during his five-year tenure at Youngstown State.
On Jan. Pelini is the subject of Twitter account FauxPelini. FauxPelini has impacted the Husker program, including the creation of a rivalry trophy  . Following a home game loss to UCLA on September 14, , and shortly after responding to criticism from former Nebraska football player Tommie Frazier about the loss,  a two-year-old audio tape with a profane tirade by Pelini  was anonymously leaked to Deadspin. The Huskers won 34— According to Deadspin, among the statements made on the audio recording, Pelini said:.
Our crowd. What a bunch of fucking fair-weather fucking—they can all kiss my ass out the fucking door. We'll see what they can do when I'm fucking gone. I'm so fucking pissed off. I take full responsibility for these comments. They were spoken in a private room following the Ohio State game.
I was venting following a series of emotional events which led to this moment. That being said, these comments are in no way indicative of my true feelings.
I love it here in Nebraska and feel fortunate to be associated with such a great University and fan base. I again apologize to anyone whom I have offended. Following the release of the audio tape University of Nebraska—Lincoln chancellor Harvey Perlman stated that the university would consider how to respond to the matter,  and subsequently decided to move on from the incident.
Some observers and members of the media believed that Pelini would have a difficult time winning back fan support. Pelini's behavior was again called into question during Nebraska's nationally televised loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes at the end of the regular season. During the November 14, game against the North Dakota State Bison in the 4th quarter, Pelini engaged the referees in several heated arguments for penalties they called including two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on Pelini.
He was reprimanded by the Missouri Valley Football Conference for his on field conduct. Following his firing on November 30, Pelini met with his former team at a local high school on December 2. Leaked audio of the meeting revealed that the coach verbally attacked University of Nebraska administration. At one point Pelini said:. It wasn't a surprise to me. It really wasn't. I didn't really have any relationship with the AD. The guy — you guys saw him Sunday — the guy's a total p
On three-year contract, Bo Pelini to make $2.3 million annually as LSU’s DC
He is the younger brother of former Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini , who has frequently worked under Bo as an assistant coach. He served as head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers from December until November Pelini was raised in Youngstown, Ohio , a former center of steel production with a strong athletic tradition. Pelini started in his last two years, and served as a team co-captain in his senior year, along with Vinnie Clark , Jeff Graham , and Greg Frey. Following his playing career, Pelini began his coaching career at the University of Iowa as a graduate assistant for the Iowa Hawkeyes under Hayden Fry in Following the season, Pelini was briefly employed as linebackers coach with the Detroit Drive of the Arena Football League. In , Pelini got his first position in the National Football League when he was hired by San Francisco 49ers head coach George Seifert as a scouting assistant.
Bo Pelini to Youngstown State: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction
The full contract details have emerged for LSU coach Ed Orgeron and newly hired defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, including buyout totals, bonuses and extra supplementation, according to term sheets between the coaches and the school. Term sheets are legally binding employment agreements, and each say the coaches and the athletic department will draw up a formal long-form agreement within 90 days that includes the agreements in the term sheet. The long-form agreement then takes precedent and needs approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors, which next meet on March 6. The payments would be made in equal monthly installments over the course of the remaining time in the contract. Pelini signed his term sheet on Jan.
See details of new contracts for LSU coach Ed Orgeron, defensive coordinator Bo Pelini
Days after it was denied that Bo Pelini would be the next head football coach at Youngstown State, the former Nebraska coach will take the job with the Penguins. Youngstown State officially announced the move and provided comments from Pelini:. Mary Pat and our children are anxious to get involved in the Youngstown State and local communities. I am looking forward to getting to know a tremendous group of football student-athletes who are currently part of the program. YSU football has a rich championship tradition and a standard of excellence which our staff and players will work to uphold both on and off of the field. Pelini replaces Eric Wolford, who was fired after five seasons, posting a record of and going without a playoff appearance.