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Big Ten football coaches: Vent at your own risk
Big Ten coaches discussed the importance of watching one’s words in the aftermath of a 2011 profane tirade by Nebraska coach Bo Pelini against the school’s fans that surfaced this week.
The Associated Press
If a coach wants to vent, there aren’t many places he can do it safely.
In case coaches and players needed any reminder, look no farther than Nebraska. Deadspin.com this week posted a 2011 recording of Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini profanely complaining about media and the school’s fans.
Pelini, who apologized Monday, said he thought his complaints were being made during a private conversation.
On Tuesday, his Big Ten Conference colleagues said little, if anything, is private in their world.
“Unless you’re in a closet, you better assume somebody’s recording you, filming you or both,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “I guess the moral of the story is, you better wait till you get home and hope your wife’s on your side — and that’s probably a 50/50.”
Ohio State’s Urban Meyer said coaches seldom have private space.
“I don’t believe there is any more, not in the positions we’re in,” Meyer said. “That’s just the way it is.”
Pelini said he doesn’t know if he will be disciplined for his expletive-filled rant and added he expects most Nebraska fans will continue to support him.
“I think I’ve built up enough points with our fans over the last five years in how I’ve conducted myself, how I’ve run this program and what we’ve done with this program to earn some forgiveness for something that was made in a private setting,” Pelini said. “People will understand this isn’t how I feel about the fans. I’ve said it over and over.”