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Checking in on Bo Pelini, two years later

Two years ago today, this happened:


Feels like a long time ago, doesn't it? This feels like an even longer time ago:

Two years ago today, Nebraska fired Bo Pelini.

So, why not share this gem?

— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) November 30, 2016

As expected, the divorce between Nebraska and Pelini didn't exactly end on happy terms.

Aside from one Big Red-reminiscent outburst last season, we haven't heard much from Youngstown State's coach in the past two years. That's for the best.

But with the 2-year anniversary upon us, it's worth a look to check in on Pelini.

After taking over a 7-5 team from Eric Wolford, Youngstown State backslid to 5-6 this season, but the Penguins have improved in Year 2 under Pelini.

Youngstown State suffered a 38-21 loss at West Virginia, rebounded to score wins over No. 23 Illinois State and No. 21 Northern Iowa, then stumbled into losses at No. 7 South Dakota State and No. 4 North Dakota State. The Penguins rebounded by closing the regular seasons with victories over Southern Illinois and Missouri State, registering the program's first FCS playoffs appearance since 2006.

Pelini's bunch opened the playoffs with a 38-24 home victory over Samford, sending the Penguins into a second-round matchup with No. 3 Jacksonville State.

Should Youngstown State succumb to Jacksonville State, Pelini -- who booked records of 9-4, 10-4, 10-4, 9-4, 10-4, 9-4 and 9-3 after his pre-bowl 2014 firing -- would finish his second Youngstown State season at..... 9-4.

History really does have a way of repeating itself, doesn't it?