Nebraska is ready to move on from Bo Pelini’s profane rant against fans two years ago.
Chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in a joint statement Wednesday that they believe the football coach was sincere in his apology for what he said in an audio leaked to the Deadspin.com sports website this week.
There was no mention of any disciplinary action taken against Pelini.
“The comments made by head football coach Bo Pelini in 2011, published Monday, are unfortunate and deeply concerning to us, as they would be to anyone who loves this university,” the statement said. “Our coaches, staff and student-athletes must be held to a high standard and Coach Pelini’s remarks were unfair to the legions of Nebraska fans and not what we expect from a representative of this university.”
The statement said former athletic director Tom Osborne was aware of the recording more than a year ago and addressed the matter with Pelini at the time.
Perlman and Eichorst declined interview requests. Messages were left for Pelini and Osborne.
Pelini’s rant has captivated a Cornhuskers fan base that has sold out an NCAA-record 328 consecutive games since 1962.
Pelini became unhinged minutes after the Huskers had beaten Ohio State 34-27 in Lincoln in October 2011. Nebraska erased a 27-6 second-half deficit in the biggest comeback in program history.
BYU LB suspended
PROVO, Utah — BYU linebacker Spencer Hadley has been suspended indefinitely from the football team following a violation of team rules.
Hadley will not be eligible to play for the Cougars against rival Utah on Saturday.
The senior from Connell, Wash., will sit out at least five games. He can’t rejoin the team until the Cougars play Boise State on Oct. 25 at the earliest.
School officials did not elaborate on Hadley’s actions other than to say it was a “violation of team rules” and BYU’s honor code, which prohibits students from using alcohol, drugs and engaging in premarital sex.
Tough start in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — These are tough times for Texas coach Mack Brown.
How tough? Brown got booed when he asked Longhorns fans to donate to charity.
That happened last Saturday when his team trailed Ole Miss in the first quarter of what ended in a second consecutive blowout loss. A pre-recorded public service announcement to promote charitable giving prompted fans to show their frustration with a coach who won a national title in 2005 but hasn’t been able to pull the program out of a three-year skid.
It wasn’t the entire stadium booing, but it was loud enough to be heard in a crowd of more than 101,000.
Brown shrugged off the boos Monday, comparing his team’s 1-2 start to the 1-2 start in 1998, his first season when Texas and Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams won nine of their next 10 games.
• Former Washington football coach Don James will begin chemotherapy next week for a malignant tumor on his pancreas. James’ family released a statement through the school on Wednesday morning. James had two surgical procedures earlier this month at Virginia Mason Medical Center for what was called a gastro-intestinal issue.
• Ohio State QB Braxton Miller practiced Wednesday but coach Urban Meyer said Miller, who is expected to play, was good but still not great. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes host Florida A&M on Saturday. Miller, the starter the past two seasons, sprained his medial collateral ligament in his left knee early in the second game, a victory over San Diego State. Backup Kenny Guiton came on, to largely rave reviews, to lead victories that week and on Saturday against California.
• Tennessee freshman defensive end Corey Vereen is expected to make his collegiate debut Saturday at No. 19 Florida. Linebacker Curt Maggitt remains sidelined as he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.