Osborne Issues Statement Over the Leaked Pelini Tape
OMAHA - Tom Osborne weighed in on the recent controversy surrounding Coach Bo Pelini.
The Husker Head Coach came under fire after someone this week leaked audio of a profanity laced tirade from 2011.
In the recording he called students "fair weather fans" after Nebraska's come from behind win against Ohio State in 2011.
Former Husker Athletic Director Dr. Tom Osborne says he spoke with Pelini about his comments when it came to his attention a year later.
Osborne wrote in a statement on Wednesday:
“I was asked for comments concerning the recent incident involving Coach Pelini by members of the press and felt that it was inappropriate to respond until University officials had reviewed the situation."
“After the comments were made public on Monday, I informed the Chancellor and Director of Athletics that I had become aware of the tape involving Coach Pelini last fall, about a year after the Ohio State game in 2011 when the comments were recorded. After I had listened to the tape I visited with Coach Pelini about it and expressed my concerns. Bo had not heard the tape at that time. I visited with all my coaches regularly about their conduct and language throughout my tenure as Athletic Director.
“While the comments were certainly not good, I realized that Bo had gone through an emotional week and an emotional game and was in a setting where he thought his comments were entirely private. I visited with Bo on a weekly basis and did not find that his attitude toward the fans or the press as expressed by those comments were at all in keeping with what I knew his true attitude to be. He understands that the most important asset the Athletic Department has is the amazing fan support that we enjoy.
“Bo’s academic record with the football team has been the best in my recollection. The behavior of his players has been excellent for the most part; he has won three divisional championships and had one of the best win-loss records in college football for the past five years. I recognize that there have occasionally been controversies, but I have seen a willingness to change, reflect and improve in Bo over the years. I am very hopeful that the players, coaches and fans will pull together as unity of purpose has been one of our major assets over the last 50 years.”
The UNL Chancellor and Athletic Director also released a joint statement.
They say they are ready to put the issue to rest.