Nebraska coach Bo Pelini at an August booster event: "We're not playing around here for second place. Our coaches should be expected to win. You guys put the pieces in place for me to do that."
Pelini in November when asked what there is to play for after being eliminated from title contention: "You compete. It's not always about trophies."
Makes you wonder what the NU fans who agreed over the summer to rent 20 suites at Lucas Oil Stadium for this week's Big Ten championship game think.
Then came the report about Bo Pelini talking to Ohio State from WTVN-AM talk show host Jeff Rapp this afternoon. It was quickly followed by denials from Pelini and Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne. That led to a Twitter spat between KOZN-AM's Mike'l Severe, Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald, and Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal-Star. So what's to make of the whole brouhaha? Stop and think about it, and apply your smell test to it. Did someone from Ohio State talk to Bo Pelini? Possibly. But stop and think what "talk" means. Embattled Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary "talked" to Armen Keteyian of CBS...but it was hardly an interview. In fact, it was hardly a conversation. But he did say that he didn't have anything to say about the situation.
Same thing here. Someone from Ohio State very well might have contacted Bo Pelini. Bo could have simply said something like "Aren't you hiring Urban Meyer?" and ended the conversation there...and that would have been a "contact". Didn't mean any discussion of substance occurred or that Bo Pelini "interviewed" with Ohio State?
Am I being naive? Perhaps. But use a "smell" test on this. Even though Bo Pelini is an Ohio State alum, why would he interview with Ohio State when the Buckeyes pursuit of Urban Meyer has been the worst kept secret in college football? Just doesn't make sense.
And that's what we get now that the regular season is over. Can we get a bowl bid lined up quickly so that we have something meaningful worth discussing?