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Bo Pelini Heads To LSU As Defensive Coordinator

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Former Nebraska coach gets back into the Power Five!

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Nebraska’s last successful head coach, Bo Pelini, has resigned his position as head coach of Youngstown State and is headed back to LSU to become their defensive coordinator.

Pelini coached at LSU as DC from 2005-2007 before heading to Nebraska to become our head coach from 2008-2014. Pelini won at least nine games every season he was with the Huskers. Commence the comments about the blowout losses against good teams and that time he called many of us bad names.

Pelini spent his last five seasons at Youngstown State, garnering a 33-28 record and made the FCS national title game in 2016.

From the LSU release, Pelini is glad to be back:

The opportunity to return to LSU is truly unique,” Pelini said. “Culturally, with my prior experience at LSU, I know it is a great fit for me. The chance to work with Coach Orgeron, the ability to take charge of the Tigers defense, is something that I’m extremely excited about. All of that in a place that both my family and I immensely enjoyed when we were there before is very exciting for us. We are very honored and looking forward to this next chapter.”

LSU had some great defenses while Bo was there. The Tigers went 34-6 during his reign as DC and won the 2007 national title.

Pelini replaces Dave Aranda, who left to take the head coaching job at Baylor, replacing Matt Rhule who took his smock to the NFL to coach for the Carolina Panthers. Such is the coaching carousal. Or carousel. Both seem to fit.

You’ll notice that I could have chosen a photo of Bo Pelini screaming as the headline picture for this article. That’s because I wish him the best. I hope he’s successful at LSU, to a point. I mean, if he meets up with Mike Leach, I’d like to see Leach’s offense confound him. Or maybe even that douchebag Lane Kiffin bedazzle him with an offense he can’t stop.

Anyway, good luck Bo.