Posted by Tom Fornelli
If you watched the game between Nebraska and Texas A&M on Saturday night, you had a front row seat to a special viewing of Bo Pelini bursting any ear drums that dared get within five feet of him. Pelini wasn't very happy with the officials on Saturday night, as his team was called for sixteen penalties in the game, compared to the two that were called on the Aggies.
Still, Pelini's rage and spittle weren't reserved solely for the officials. The cameras caught him tearing into quarterback Taylor Martinez on the sidelines after Martinez had returned from having his ankle looked at in the locker room. That incident led to some rumors that Martinez had quit the team on Sunday, which were refuted on Sunday night, and also led to Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman publically reprimanding the head coach about his behavior.
Now, unsurprisingly, Pelini is apologizing for the way he behaved on Saturday night. Pelini said that while he doesn't think it's wrong for a head coach to yell at officials during a game, he did believe it was wrong to "make it personal" and that on Saturday night he "let it get personal."
Personally, I don't find any of this to be that big of a deal. Football coaches have a tendency to yell at players and officials all the time, as I know I've been on the receiving end of such tirades myself. Plus, it's not like this is anything new from Pelini. I recall seeing him chew out Ndamukong Suh during a game against Virginia Tech in 2008, and Suh turned out just fine. Frankly, I think the only problem with any of this is the fact that it had been caught by cameras in a nationally televised game.