In a bid to finally put the most recent drama to bed, the University's chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Shawn Eichorst have issued a joint statement:
“The comments made by Head Football Coach Bo Pelini in 2011, published Monday, are unfortunate and deeply concerning to us, as they would be to anyone who loves this university. Our coaches, staff and student-athletes must be held to a high standard and Coach Pelini's remarks were unfair to the legions of Nebraska fans and not what we expect from a representative of this university. Former Director of Athletics Tom Osborne became aware of these comments and the existence of a recording more than a year ago, and addressed the matter with Coach Pelini. We have observed, and many others have commented, that Coach Pelini’s demeanor has significantly improved since the time of this incident. Coach Pelini has given us his assurance that he understands the seriousness and inappropriateness of his comments. We believe he is sincere in his apology and in his regret. We are prepared to put the matter to rest. Our football student-athletes, coaches and staff deserve all of our support and we know the Nebraska faithful will be there for them.”
There ya go. Whether or not you believe Pelini is the coach of the future, Bo Pelini is Nebraska's head coach today and for the foreseeable future.
Here's hoping Pelini's improved demeanor and new ideas lead to better things for Nebraska going forward. With that, I think it's safe to say, it's time to get back to football.