Omaha- “I didn’t really have any relationship with the A.D.,” Pelini said. “The guy, you guys saw him (Sunday), the guy is a total p—-. I mean, he is, and he’s a total c—.”
“A guy like (Eichorst) who has no integrity, he doesn’t even understand what a core value is,” Pelini told players. “And he hasn’t understood it from the day he got here. I saw it when I first met with the guy.
“To have core values means you have to be about something, you have to represent something, you have to have something that is important to you. He is a f—— lawyer who makes policies. That’s all he’s done since he’s been here is hire people and make policies to cover his own ass.”
“He goes, ‘I disagree that I haven’t supported you.’ I said, ‘Hey bud, you can’t support somebody underneath a f------ rock.’ I said, ‘To do your job at this level, at a place like this, you gotta be a grown-a-- f------ man to lead something.’ I said, ‘You can’t lead anything under a f------ rock.’ I said, ‘You don’t spend any time with us. Our players don’t even know who you are.’ And I said, ‘That isn’t leadership."
“I don’t even really know what those guys do — and I said, ‘Hey, you know what, if (Eichorst) ain’t gonna do his job, and if he doesn’t have the b---- to go out there and support me, support these kids, support this program, then do me a favor and get rid of me.’ ”
“Let me tell you, fellas, this is for real. If it wasn’t for you guys and the coaches and their families, I would have resigned a year ago. Because there was some things that were going on that were making me miserable. And all the money in the world ain’t f------ worth that. And that’s the truth."
What's in a name? A question as old as time itself. Well, I think the answer is, it kind of depends. Not all names say something about a person. However, you name your kid Amber she might be getting finger blasted in a middle school bathroom. You name your kid Chad he might end up dealing with 'allegations' from a Duke lacrosse party. You name your kid Chester, he is without a doubt destined to get some face time on the 6 o'clock news. That's really the long and short of it. The name Bo speaks volumes. Bo's gonna Bo. When you hire a Bo you know you are getting someone that is a little rough around the edges. Shit, I wish I was named Bo. You are automatically granted a longer leash by society. I would be dropping hard C bombs while walking to church. You know who is a pussy in comparison to Bo? Everyone.
If you are at all surprised by the above quotes than you are more out of the touch than the Nebraska AD who just fired a coach who went 9-3 in the Big Ten. Imagine putting anyone that just lost their job in a room full of their co-workers, sans their former boss. This is pretty much exactly what I would expect. Roasting your boss is dream come true. Especially in front of a room of people that support everything you stand for, and have openly expressed disdain for your dismissal. Bo Pelini loves his players and his players loved him. It looks like that love was not shared with an absentee athletic director, on both counts.
Eichorst’s athletic department responded via statement late Wednesday afternoon, making clear that Pelini’s pattern of unprofessional behavior played a role in his firing.
“If these comments were, indeed, spoken by Mr. Pelini, we are extremely disappointed, but it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska,” the statement said.
Oh, so that's why Bo got canned. Vulgar language. A history of disrespectful and inappropriate behavior. Wait, Bo Pelini was the football coach, right? He wasn't the Dean? He wasn't the University minister? What the fuck do I care if the football coach is using politically incorrect language? What happened to what's said in the locker room stays in the locker room? College football is a business. A business based solely on winning and losing. Firing a football coach for vulgar language and inappropriate social interactions is like firing a beer taster for being drunk on the job. It's like expecting your personal trainer to have an apathetic personality. It's just something that comes with the territory of the position. It's a results based business and from the bottom up it looked fairly successful until you got to the athletic director.
I think the explanation by the Nebraska athletic department is very telling. If you fire a football coach for saying words like 'cunt' and 'pussy' you probably are both a cunt and a pussy. Racy language doesn't make you incapable of being a leader of young men. The biggest hurdle to becoming a leader of men is to convince men to follow you, no matter how off-color your tactics are. That skill is something Bo Pelini apparently had, and something Shawn Eichorst apparently does not. Hell, I would go to battle for Bo off these quotes alone. At the very least I would like to throw back a few cold ones with him.
P.S. “I’d rather f------ work at McDonald’s than work with some of those guys. Not that there’s anything bad about working at McDonald’s.”
Way to catch yourself there Bo.