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|Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini is taking heat for the Cornhuskers' play and more.|
Nebraska blew a 21-3 second-quarter lead in a 41-21 home loss to UCLA on Saturday, but that's not why Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini was apologizing Monday.
A 2011 recording of Pelini was published by the website Deadspin on Monday, and on the recording Pelini can be heard unleashing an expletive-filled outburst to express his frustration with Nebraska fans and media.
Pelini issued an apology for the remarks on Monday.
"I want to sincerely apologize for my comments from two years ago which became public today," Pelini said in a statement. "I take full responsibility for these comments. They were spoken in a private room following the Ohio State game. I was venting following a series of emotional events which led to this moment. That being said, these comments are in no way indicative of my true feelings. I love it here in Nebraska and feel fortunate to be associated with such a great University and fan base. I again apologize to anyone whom I have offended."
Nebraska's chancellor, Harvey Perlman, also addressed the issue Monday.
"I am aware of the publication of Coach Pelini's comments, I am disappointed and in discussions with Shawn Eichorst about addressing the issue," Perlman said in a statement.
"We have a staff, players and administration -- everybody here -- who's busting their butt to do everything we can to win football games and to do everything we can for student-athletes," Pelini said. "Since I came back here, I've embraced the former players, and if he feels like that, so be it. We don't need him. That's a shame. Until you've sat in this seat -- until you've sat and done it -- anybody can have an opinion. Anybody can do that. It's easy to point fingers and stand outside and throw stones. I take it for what it is."
Pelini has to be longing for the days when he could just pull a prank and take his team to a movie. Monday turned into a Cornhuskers horror film.