Bo Pelini, like Gordon Gee Before Him, Discovers All Mics Are Hot Mics

By DJ Byrnes on September 16, 2013 at 8:47p
he seems so gentle tho?

Bo Pelini's Nebraska team suffered a second-half collapse at home against UCLA on Saturday. This apparently was enough to anger a tipster into forking over a two-year-old, secretly-recorded audio tape from the aftermath of Nebraska's 2011 win over Ohio State to Deadspin. In it, Pelini pulls no punches with his foes in the media or fans he considers to be fair-weather.

The entire tape can be heard below (NSFW, language):

From Deadspin's article:

It took everything in my power to not say, 'F--- you, fans. F--- all of you.' F--- 'em.

Our crowd. What a bunch of f------g fair-weather f------g — they can all kiss my ass out the f-----g door. 'Cause the day is f------g coming now. We'll see what they can do when I'm f------g gone. I'm so f-----g pissed off.

Woof. This of course came on the heels of Pelini mixing it up with Nebraska legend Tommie Frazier on the state of Nebraska football. It's all bad in Lincoln right now. (We liked Pelini better when he was smiling and pranking his team.)

UPDATE: (9/16/13, 9:20 PM): Well, that didn't take long. Bo Pelini has issued the mandatory apology:

I want to sincerely apologize for my comments from two years ago which became public today.  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.

Nebraska's chancellor had this to say:

I am aware of the publication of Coach Pelini's comments, I am disappointed and in discussions with [Nebraska Director of Athletics] Shawn Eichorst about addressing the issue.

Could you imagine the rant Pelini would have went on if Nebraska had lost that game?


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BUCKfutter's picture

Bo needs a lesson from mr. mackey

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

Dr. House's picture

bo is being fitted with a V-chip as we speak

9Route's picture

I think most Nebraska fans will be happy when Bo is "f------g gone".

I'm just happy to be here

Maestro's picture

That'll do Bo, that'll do.  Enjoy your next DC gig.

vacuuming sucks

DJ Byrnes's picture

Hope prospective head coaches don't watch any defensive tape from Nebraska.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Maestro's picture

Indeed, but remember when he was a DC in the SEC and they beat Ohio State in that LSU home game/NCG.  That matters more.

vacuuming sucks

Scott's picture

To the 11W staff member who wrote and censored the Bo quote: excellent work, but you did miss one fuck in the second paragraph.
Edit: That was fucking quick.

Class of 2008

Dr. House's picture

wonderful just wonderful upvote to you and your offspring

buckeyedude's picture

It sounds like Pelini can see the F$^%g writing on the wall!



OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Maybe Bert would hire him. Legen - wait for it - dary.

Yeti's have feelings too.

onetwentyeight's picture

Well I mean ... can you blame him? He got too used to playing in front of the BEST DAMN FANS IN THE LAND at his alma mater! Ha! 
Notice how we've never been called fair weather. It's always more of the "mass campus email reminding you not to riot/set dumpsters on fire". 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Some of our students leave at halftime for most games, so you could say they "f------ suck"

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

20sider's picture

Usually their buzz from the pre-game has worn off by then... they are in search of more hooch!


geoffrsc's picture

Yes, the day is coming. And I believe he just hastened it. 
Gotta love Pelini, though.

741's picture

Pretty angry guy after having just upset the Buckeyes in front of a national TV audience. Maybe try some f***ing beta blockers?

Hovenaut's picture

Bo don't know restraint....the drama continues.

The UNL leadership has gone public:

Somewhere Mack Brown is resting comfortably.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Right now Nick Saban is killing every media member that he's ever talked to privately.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Dirty419Boy's picture

I'd upvote this if I could.  The reason it's so hilarious is there's a solid possibility it's true.

ChillitownBuck30's picture

^^^THIS^^^IS^^^AWESOME!!^^^I. can't. stop. laughing....

“Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.”

Catch 5's picture

The only flaw in this statement is that Saban would never talk to media privately if he doesn't have to. Though Tim Brando and Paul Finebaum may want to sleep with an eye open for a while just in case.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

40 Degrees North's picture
This is Bo Pelini's Lee Elia moment. Please reference above. WARNING: Language could be offensive for some audiences. 

Dougger's picture

And that was after a win? I don't wanna know how he feels after a loss. Like Elika said on twitter today, whoever the guy is that decided to leak this out today is a huge jerk.

I like football

DefendYoungstown's picture

Bo bein Bo, I'm sure every coach feels like that after certain games.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

teddyballgame's picture

Nebraska fans are like the nicest fanbase too.

Haybucks's picture

Bo knows expletives.  You'd think Bo would also know how to grow a thicker layer of skin.  Hey Bo, take a clue and tune out the media and fans by concentrating on your team's play.

Want some cheese with those remarks?

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


cal3713's picture

So basically, Pelini criticized the fans because they were booing the starting quarterback.  Kind of a good thing that he was on his players' side...

buckskin's picture

Good position coach, he just doesn't have the maturity to handle criticism or the ability to restrain himself in public that a head coach NEEDS to have.  Every coach has felt that way at times, you just have to remember the time and place to express your frustration.
Agreed, he is on his way out as HC, but not as a successful assistant coach in college football. 

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

Hey Bo,
If you're team plays like SH*T the fans aren't going to f**king storm the field and tear down the goalposts at halftime buddy.  
What did he expect, an opera style standing ovation going into halftime, being down by over 3 TDs to our worst team in 100 years?
*Edit: I apologize to the sensitive Susans who downvoted the dirty language.  I will censor it so you won't have to avert your eyes any longer.

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

I think I would be passionately upset about this if I were a Nebraska fan.  How would you feel if Urban tore into us like that?  I can't imagine what Nebraska's practices sound like lol.

razrback16's picture

I think after that game Pelini sent a fruit basket to Jim Bollman.

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

The only person who had ANYTHING to do with Nebraska winning is Bauserman.  This includes Husker players and coaches.

Scott's picture

Someone had to call all of those clock-stopping pass plays.

Class of 2008

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

I'll concede that.  But throwing the ball 213 feet over the receiver's head is unneccesary.

Catch 5's picture

What kind of guy holds on top a tape like this for two years before he releases it?

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

The guy who Pelini got sick of paying off after 2 years.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Bo and Muschamp are why I stopped acting like an ass when I coach and decided to calm down.

"2014 National with it!!!"

avail31678's picture

Plus, the 6 year old girls' constant crying was a bit too much for everyone to handle.

AndyVance's picture

The interesting part of this is, who had the tape? If you recorded something like this and sat on it for two years, that tells me you knew you had the detonator that would eighty-six your head coach if and when the time came. Funny, the time has apparently come, now that the Huskers are in the middle of the biggest shame spiral in recent memory.
I'm not into conspiracy theories, but if I were, I'd sure be thinking this was an inside job, so to speak.

Oyster's picture

My guess would be Bill Callahans secretary.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Idaho Helga's picture

Absolutely someone held onto this waiting to spring it at the right time.  That's crappy really.  It will be interesting to see what the exact circumstances (who was in the room) were at the time.

BTBuckeye's picture

You got to fire him. He should only be "venting" like that behind close doors w/ his coaching staff or wife or something. Poor judgement.

Oyster's picture

More facts need to come out before making such a move.  Was this a team meeting, a private discussion with select coaches etc.  Who was there and where did it take place.?  What are the circumstances behind the tape being made?  Until the next Mark Felt emerges, I think firing is premature.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

buckeyedude's picture

I would think if he talked to his wife that way, she'd fire him too?



otrain2416's picture

Whoever waiting two years to leak this is shadier than Bo for saying this

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

jeremytwoface's picture

See ya Bo!

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

cinserious's picture

Hot seat rollcall!
Mack Brown
Bo Pelini
Lane Kiffin (has schollie excuse)
Mark Dantonio (has Bollman excuse)

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

Mack Brown should have been gone 10 years ago.  Vince Young coached that team to the NC in 2005.

buckeyedude's picture




thorvath22's picture

How is Dantonio on the hot seat? He is the only reason MSU is even relevant.

EnlistedBuckeye's picture

I said the same thing, and im still confused right now. The guy beats Michigan 4 years in a row, and actually dares speak out against them in state. A plus coach...he does a lot with a little

causeicouldntgo43's picture

It's been an interesting experiment for Bo as a Head Coach. Hate to disparage a Buckeye, but perhaps he is better suited to being in a less visible role, and better at focusing on the defensive side of the ball. No shame in that, and get some anger management help......

ChazBuckeye's picture

"We'll see what they can do when I'm f------g gone. I'm so f-----g pissed off."

I'd say this part may come to fruition very soon...

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

droessl's picture

This immediately came to mind

buckeyedude's picture

^^^^^Thanks for posting this GIF, DROESSL. I haven't viewed that since last March(b-ball season), and it cracks me up every time. I could be in the shittiest mood, and when I hear Bobby ranting, I feel all better.



Lincoln's picture

Is anyone at all shocked that Bo Pelini would have a f bomb laced rant against anyone or anything? I would be shocked if there was not a tape like this out there.
BUT I find this very dirty. He obviously should not have said these things about his own fan base, but this sounds like it was a private conversation. I know I have said many things over the years in a private setting that I would not say to openly. We all have, but we are not all public figures. I  think at some point taping a private convo by a public figure should be just that .. private and should not be able something that can be consumed as media.
That being said, I waste a lot of my time on Dead Spin and probably will not stop, so I must not be that appalled.

Buckeye1004's picture

This is probably going to get me in trouble......I have always hated fair weather fans.  Spending at least part of my youth and now living in Oklahoma, I can't believe the amount of fair weather Sooner fans.  It always makes me sick!  Happy and glowing when their team is winning, Whining and complaining (G version) when they don't cover the spread or God forbid they lose.  My question is, what were the fans saying and doing two years ago?  I'm not trying to defend Bo, just playing the devil's advocate.  How horrible were the fans?

skid21's picture

I see your point and agree about truly fair weather fans but I also think fans don't always get the respect they deserve. If your team is getting blown out do you really have to sit through it to prove your fanhood? Fans are the lifeblood of any program. If OSU was getting 20 thousand in the Shoe every week how long would our head coach be making millions? How much do the fans owe the team vs. the team owe the fans? If I paid a few hundred bucks for me and my wife to go to a game I damn sure have the right to leave whenever I want. If the coach and the team aren't doing their jobs then why should I sit there when I could be in a thousand other places having a better time? So your effort isn't as important as their effort? The other side of the devil's advocate argument.

razrback16's picture

Good point. I think also just as a comparative example, when OSU fans boo'd the heck out of Bauserman's incomplete passes over and over and over, I like to think they weren't booing Bauserman himself as much as they were booing the awful coaching decisions to put him into the game when everyone knew we had better options on the bench.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I think Pelini is guilty of being like many coaches behind closed doors. He just got caught. I'm not blindly defending him because he is a Buckeye, just calling a spade a spade.  Most coaches, esp ones in highly competitive enviorments, tend to blow off steam behind doors and with other coaches, and apparently a trusted media member.  He had the right to be upset about fans leaving. I know I would be upset. As a fan even if I didn't like the coach, I would still stay to support the kids.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Beat Meatchicken's picture

they can all kiss my ass out the f-----g door. 
This is pure gold...What's the over/under on how many times I utter this phrase watching the game this weekend...WHAT A NUT BO IS!!!!

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I see what you did there.

Class of 2010.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

He's just one of many people recently to do something like this.  You catch any of us at a weak moment, you probably would be appalled at what you'd hear. 
That being said, Nebraska fans are one of the nicest fanbases in the country.  If my ranked Buckeyes were down 27-6 at home to an unranked team, I'd be pretty unhappy.  There's only so much you can expect out of fans. 

Class of 2010.