Bo Pelini, no Buckeye stickers for you...

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October 2, 2012 at 3:57p

Jeez, could Bo Pelini be more of a debbie downer when it comes to coaching in the Big Ten or his homecoming to Columbus this weekend?  Pelini was a starting free safety for a number of years at Ohio State, as many of us know, and was a captain his senior year.  Yet, pretty much from the get-go, it has seemed that Bo Pelini doesn't really give a flying cornhusker that he's now coaching a storied program against the conference he used to beat up each week when he was in college.  His demeanor seems very stand-offish, and his words seem to indicate that Ohio State has absolutely zero special meaning to him.

That was the Nebraska coach's message Monday when he was asked if taking his No. 21 Huskers (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) into the "Horseshoe" to play the 12th-ranked Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) made him feel nostalgic.

"Why would it?" he said.

Why would it?  Oh, I don't know, Bo.  Maybe the fact that you were a captain?  At Ohio State?

"I'm at a different time in my life, a different place," he said. "I mean, I have a job to do. That's all I'm concerned with."

Ooookay.  So are you some sort of robot?  Was college that awful for you?  Do you hold some sort of animosity towards Ohio State for how Earle got canned, or maybe you had some friction with John Cooper?  I mean, Chris Spielman was there at the same time, and he doesn't feel that way.  Hell, Earle was the one who was shat on, and he's still hanging around practice!

"I do have pride in where I went to school and my career there," Pelini said. "That has nothing to do with Saturday. It doesn't really make any difference what happened back in '86 to '90. That's a different time in my life."

Sheesh.  Way to go out of your way to passive-aggressively dissociate from Ohio State.  I mean, I get it.  You're trying to fire up your team, trying to look at your opponent as the enemy that you must crush to win your conference...that's all well and good, and I guess I can laud you for it.  But, c'mon, man.  I guess I just find it a little odd that he'd be so cold-blooded about it.  Absolutely no acknowledgement that this would be an extra special win to stick it to his alma mater, or have excitement about returning to the Horseshoe.

Pelini said he didn't know when he last was in the "Horseshoe."


"A long, long time ago," he said.

Really, Bo?  You don't remember the last time you set foot in the Horseshoe?  I find that very hard to believe unless you're some sort of Cromagdon, half-braindead fool.  Or maybe a bitter old coot.  

Or maybe it really isn't that special for him.

Which is a bummer.  Because it's sort of a big deal to be coaching anywhere.  Let alone being serendipitously dropped into the B1G and into Ohio Stadium...something that 3 years ago would not have crossed anyone's mind.

Oh well.  I guess it'll be extra non-special for him when he gets his doors blown off by B-rax and Company.


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William's picture

Umm what's the big deal with what he said? None of it was off base or anything. Perfectly legitimate answers in my mind.

Jason Priestas's picture

He's in a tough spot. If he shows too much affinity for Ohio State, Husker fans will blast him. In his current role, he has to worry more about what Nebraska fans think than what Buckeye fans think.

MSpeer1's picture

I agree with you, Jason. He has to play more to his current fan base and probably would rather err on the side of Nebraska fans than Ohio State.  I know it's not the same, and maybe it's just me, but if we played Florida I would feel weird about Meyer talking about his memories there. I like to think of him as our head coach, not as the guy who helped embarrass us in the NC game.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

I think there is just some disappointment in that him, being a former capt of our beloved buckeyes isn't showing the emotion we normally see out of former players, captains, coaches ect.    He does come of sounding a little callous.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Jason Priestas's picture

Also, he's Bo Pelini. He smiles three times a year and is otherwise incapable of showing joy or happiness.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Three? I only count two. He still loses to Brian Kelly in Purple Factor.

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

buckeyeEddie27's picture

now for the bonus round.   What are the three things that make him smile....?      (keep it clean family site)

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

BrewstersMillions's picture

PFFFT Give me a challenge.
1) When stadium announcers say "Rex Burkhead" for the first time each year, Pelini chuckles to himself and says "head..."
2) When he thinks of punching Taylor Martinez's dad in the mouth.
3) Beanie Babies. Fun fact, Bo Pelini is a world class Beanie Baby collector.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

When he farts and all the players blame it on each other.

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

bodast67's picture

He didn't say anything that many former OSU players-turned opposing coaches didn't also say in past matchups. Good coaches tow the company line and show blind obedience to tjhe school that they currently coach. Trust me, he will compliment the Buckeyes after the game on Saturday and pay homage to the stadium, fans, and greatness that is TOSU. 




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Izzackly That. 

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Doc's picture

Pelini is a sourpuss, but what is he going to say?  Do you want him to go all Glenn Mason and lose credibility with his team and fans?  He could be a little more warm toward OSU, but that is not him.  My suggestion is beat his team like a redheaded step child and send Mr. Grumpypants home with loss #2.

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Bucksfan's picture

It's not like I expect him to be going O-H! in front of the press or anything.  But is a little respect for the ol' alma mater too much to ask?  I mean, if he didn't go to college at all, it would be pretty damn difficult for him to be where he is.  And on top of that, I'm sure he went to college for free, too.  It doesn't really matter who you are or where you went to college, if you're going up against your alma mater in any way I just as well figure you'd have a few more kind words than "That was then, this is now.  I don't think about that anymore.  Ohio Stadium is a great atmosphere with tremendous tradition...I can't remember the last time I was there."
It's not really a big deal.  The comments just came off as a bit odd to me.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Do you hold some sort of animosity towards Ohio State for how Earle got canned, or maybe you had some friction with John Cooper?
I might be overthinking this, but I always wondered if "slow white guys" was directed at Pelini, at least in part. I mean, he was (and is) white, not very fast, and (let's be honest) not very good.

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Bucksfan's picture

Buckeye Chuck, the article does mention that Cooper barely recalls Pelini, which makes absolutely no sense to me since he was a captain somewhere in there.  I wonder if there were issues.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Cooper was never one for forming close relationships with his players, or with any players (I'm not sure he ever knew the name of any other Big Ten player, since he always just referred to them as "that number 24 they have is fast" and that sort of thing). 
But yeah, Pelini and Cooper overlapped by three years and he was a captain, for crying out loud. Cooper didn't recruit Greg Frey either, but I'm pretty sure he remembers who Frey is. That comment is bizarre.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Interesting thought in re: "slow white guys." It wouldn't surprise me if the tone of Pelini's comments were halfway motivated by the need to tow the company line and halfway because he's embarassed that he played for substandard defenses at Ohio State.
Pelini could have towed the line yet phrased things in a more artful, PR-savvy way. As it is, in the unlikelihood that Pelini is ever in the running for the Ohio State job 5, 10, 15 years down the road, the agent of one of his competitors might dredge up the these quotes.
I also wonder [reckless speculation alert!] if, when Gene Smith et al were deciding what to do after Tress resigned, they never once called Pelini's agent. Obviously, Smith et al had their hearts set on Urbz, but maybe they called a few other people just in case. And there is no reason to think that Pelini wanted to leave Nebraska. But it could like what we sometimes hear from the fairer sex in the dating scene . . . "Why do you care? You wouldn't have gone out with him, anyway?" She says, "Yeah, but I still wanted him to ask me out."

jestertcf's picture

in keeping with the "slow white guys theme" one of those, wearing number 43,had the QB running for his life many many times during the game.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Derek Isamen (sp?), the Sullivan brothers, Jim Peel, Bo Pelini..... plenty of defensive SWG's in S&G on defense back then

buckeyestu's picture

does he really smile, even once a year?

Bucksfan's picture

I guess on the other hand, he does have to recruit against Ohio State and Urban Meyer.  Talking up his experience at OSU in any way could probably be a problem for that, maybe.  So...that would make sense.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Whatever dudes. Bo is in a big time job and has a lot of crazy fans to pander to. He has to kiss Husker Nation's ass, I don't care if he doesn't kiss Buckeye Nation's.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Coaches almost always downplay stuff like this in these kind of scenarios.  It doesn't mean that Bo doesn't somewhere, down deep inside his seemingly insufferable self, have a special place in his heart for Ohio State.  Sounded like typical political answers, providing no gems for Nebraska fans or OSU players to remember.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

I'm not sure why people are making a big deal out of this. I don't have a problem with anything he said. Some guys just aren't nostalgic. Besides his job right now is not to look back at the past but to focus on the present and future with Nebraska football. 
BTW: I heard him on the radio a few years back when Spielman and Bruce Hooley were doing the Big Show and although he didn't talk at length on the subject, he talked about Ohio State and seemed to have a lot of pride in his time in Columbus and talked about how it prepared him for coaching. 

btalbert25's picture

Honestly, I don't even think he did it to toe the company line or keep Nebraskas fans from blasting him.  I think he did it for his team.  First, as people said above, he is not one to show a lot of joy.  Other than that though, it doesn't make sense for him to talk about how great the Shoe is, and how he can't wait to get back or how special it is.  If I'm playing on a team getting ready to head to the Shoe for the first time I want my coach telling how awesome it would be to win in that stadium.  I certainly wouldn't want him re-hashing the good old days and putting extra emphasis on how amazing Ohio State is. 
I'm sure he knows when he went to Ohio Stadium last.  I can't say I'm surprised he downplayed it to the media though.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I agree, but I feel like there's a halfway point between what Pelini said versus saying "how great the Shoe is, and how he can't wait to get back or how special it is."
Maybe say something to the effect of, "I will always appreciate of my formative experiences at Ohio State. They helped prepare me to be a better player and man and, ultimately, a better coach and now I have the job of my dreams at another great university. Ohio State versus Nebraska epitomizes what's great about football and university life in the midwest, blah, blah."    

JakeBuckeye's picture

In my opinion, considering the position he's in, he said everything right. He definitely didn't "disassociate" from Ohio State (rhyme) with his comments.

MVJ's picture

Don't see anything wrong with Bo's comments. Does anyone know if he was a candidate for the Head Coaching job this past year? If so, I'd suspect that might have something to do with his angle.

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RBuck's picture

His name was was brought up frequently in discussion but I don't think for one minute he was considered a candidate by The University.

Long live the southend.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Does anyone know if he was a candidate for the Head Coaching job this past year? If so, I'd suspect that might have something to do with his angle.

I know he was mentioned by fans and bloggers as a potential replacement for Tressel. But no, I think we had one candidate and we ended up getting our one guy (Urban Meyer.) Highly doubt Gene and the university talked to anybody else. Heck, for all we know, getting Urban Meyer could have been a done deal for a very long time before news started to leak.

phxbuck's picture

Bo is acting exactly how we would want our coach to act if we were playing his alma mater in a huge conference showdown, get over it. 

gobucks96's picture

Sorry. I give him a pass here. He's the coach at Nebraska, gotta stay true to them. Even if I would have phrase the response differently..

AGL's picture

I thought Pellini was a solid player @ OSU.  Think he may have earned several Buckeye leaves while a student/athelete @ TOSU.  I am happy for him.


YtownBuck13's picture

He gets a pass from me. Being a head coach of another conference team what is he supposed to say? "Oh I love Ohio State, I hope they win every game they play, even against Nebraska and Ohio State fans are the greatest". He answered exactly like he should. He downplayed his feelings about playing here, said it isn't a huge deal. Being a buckeye is something you have deep pride in being forever. We all know Bo inside every week except this one is proud of the fact he is Ohio born and bred, played at The Ohio State University and that is never going to change. Cut him some slack with his answers but boo him mercilessly on Saturday night.

Doc's picture

Don't we have UC on the schedule in a few years?  What will Urbz say about his time there?  I'm sure the same type of things.  It really is a non-issue, but it is always fun to poke the bear.

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Bucksfan's picture

Urbz is pretty gracious when it comes to places he's been.  On the other hand, I think it's pretty well-established that he didn't have a pleasant experience on UC's football team.  So, hard to say for sure.
Anyway, you guys are right.  He's a coach being a coach.  But he sure is a grump!

Oyster's picture

I side with Pelini.  His first trip here as a head coach and he certainly doesn't want to talk about OSU and his playing days.  He is staying focused and downplaying the entire situation, as well he should. 
Maybe in the future when we are back on a schedule with them he may be more open..

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Idot08bojangles's picture

I really hope this is kinda the start of a hate/hate relationship between two of the most storied college football programs in history. 
I could deal with another intense rivalry. It almost seems wrong to hate on PSU (even though I will NEVER forget the fateful trip to Happy Valley in '05...), so we could use a substitute. 

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Bucksfan's picture

Steve Sarkisian on DP show this morning had nothing but glowing words and gushy appreciation for his 7 years at USC.  Just sayin...