Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini was asked on his weekly radio show Wednesday night if his sideline demeanor has contributed to Nebraska's penalty issues this season. At 6.89 penalties for nearly 68 yards a game, the Cornhuskers are among the most-penalized teams in the country.
The caller described Pelini's sideline demeanor as "not the face of Nebraska." The caller went on to say he would not send his son to play for Pelini.
In a surprise to no one, Pelini took exception to the caller's question.
“Then don't send your kid to play for me, my man," said Pelini. "My players and I are close. I’d run through a wall for them, and they’d run through a wall for me … I’m a passionate guy, I’m an emotional guy. My players appreciate that about me and I’m not changing. How about that, my man?”
Pelini summarized his sideline persona by saying, "I like to compete. When I'm not competing, I'm different than I am when I'm (on) the field. My players appreciate that about me and I'm not changing. How about that?"
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