Bo Pelini's Press Conference


Opening Statement

"I just told the team that was a tough one to lose. I'm proud ofthat football team in there. I'm proud of all the things that they overcamethrough the year. I'm proud of who they are as men. I told the seniors theyhave a lot to be proud of. It hasn't been an easy year from any stretch of theimagination. It's been difficult. This team had a lot to persevere through, alot to stick together through. They did that, and I'm proud of them, regardlessof how it ended today. It was unfortunate how it ended today. We shot ourselvesin the foot a number of times. We had some things go against us. It wasunfortunate."

On making similar mistakes to last year

"Those mistakes plague any football team. When you turn thefootball over, you're going to have some difficulties."

On the failed fake punt in the third quarter?

"We thought it was there. We missed a block. We liked the lookthey were in and we whipped on a block, the most important block. We took achance and it didn't work out. It's my fault."

On reasoning for the unsportsmanlike conduct charge

"[The ref] said I got too close to him. I thought that was achicken s*** call. Excuse my language on that, but I had never seen anythinglike that before. I've done a lot worse than that. I saw [Iowa head coach] KirkFerentz on the other side acting a lot worse than I act. I didn't see a flagcome out on him. The bottom line is they knew they blew the call. They blew it.They blew that call over there on that third down. Everybody in the stadiumknew it. They just didn't man up enough to pick that flag up."

On how the team has persevered through injuries

"It's been incredible what we've gone through. I told those kidsin there who were hurting, 'You don't have to apologize to anybody. You've gotto walk out there with your head held high.'"

On a timetable regarding his coaching evaluation

"I don't concern myself with that. You guys can concern yourselfwith that."

On if he has been informed of any timetable

"That's not my decision, so why are you asking me the question?Talk to somebody else."

On senior wide receiver Quincy Enunwa

"Quincy's been a stud all year. He's been big time."

On fan's support during the tunnel walk

"It's great."

On if he made a case in favor of keeping his job

"I don't coach to make a case. You guys have chosen to make astory of it all year. It's impacted our football team. It's hurt our footballteam. Let's call a spade a spade. If they want to fire me, go ahead. I believein what I've done. I don't apologize for what I've done. I don't apologize foranybody, myself or this staff. Our record since I've been here speaks foritself. This program's heading in a good direction. If you choose not to thinkso, that's your prerogative. All I know is that myself, the staff, the peopleassociated with this program since I've been here can look at themselves in themirror and feel good about what they've done."

Courtesy UNL Sports Information