"My approach has always been to not comment publicly about our coaches until their full seasons are complete, as I strongly believe it is unfair and counter to best practices. However, given the volume of unfounded speculation and conjecture about our head football coach, I want to reaffirm what I have said many times since I have arrived at the University of Nebraska -- that I positively respect, appreciate and support our football student-athletes, coaches and staff, as we do everyone in the Husker family. We very much look forward to our upcoming bowl game and Coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future."
I hate to parse statements, but this needs to be very clear. There is still too much ambiguity for my taste.
— John Bishop (@JohnBishop71) November 30, 2013
My prediction: This isn't over. Sweater vest will still be on the market January 2. Not saying it should happen, just guessing it will.Yep...still at it. Read the last statement again: "...look forward to upcoming bowl game and Coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future." Bowl game and the future... i.e. beyond. Some say that since he didn't say 2014 that the future only includes the bowl game. That's trying to read way, way too much into Eichorst's statement.
— Mark Onwiler (@mark_it_off) November 30, 2013
Eichorst didn't say 2014 because he didn't want to read any limits as to his support for Pelini as head coach. Lots of recruits on campus right now, and there's no need for anybody to read this as only a one year endorsement. It's open-ended and ongoing.
Eichorst's statement also makes it clear that he would have preferred to wait until after the bowl game, but the "unfounded speculation and conjecture" forced him to respond now. If he wanted to wait, he simply could have indicated that "end of season" meant "after the bowl game" and left himself an opening. He did no such thing.
Hearing from both sides of the Bo argument after Eichorst statement. No chance, I believe, does this leave room to make a move after bowl.Let's make it clear: Pelini is going to be Nebraska's head football coach. Period.
— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) November 30, 2013
What I find most curious is that the statement appeared on BTN.com almost simultaneously to the local media starting to tweet about it's existence. Clearly, the statement was sent to Chicago first and subsequently released to the "Local Media" once BTN was ready to post it.
Here's the full statement from Shawn Eichorst regarding Bo Pelini keeping his job. pic.twitter.com/KMQvd7JozgNote the "Local Media" in this version of the message. That's not my creation; that's how it came from Lincoln. And it was a nonverbal message to the World-Herald and various sports talk hosts driving the "Pelini Hot Seat" theme that the athletic department is none-too-pleased with the volume of the speculation.
— Andrew Wolff (@AndyWolff15) November 30, 2013
As it is, I'm pleasantly surprised, if not downright shocked, that Pelini is returning. I've felt Pelini has done as good of a job as possible resurrecting the Nebraska defense as well as dealing with the injuries on offense. Eight wins is a very sub-par season for Nebraska, but teams that lose an award-winning quarterback usually struggle. (Did anybody see what Green Bay has become on Thanksgiving?)
I do have to wonder if some of yesterday's meltdowns could have been avoided if Eichorst had given a private message of support earlier this week after Pelini discussed the issues of the "hot seat" narrative. Certainly, Pelini was on edge and may have felt that he had nothing to lose yesterday. That might explain that fake punt or going for it on fourth down in Nebraska territory in the fourth quarter.
And I suspect Shawn Eichorst might not have wondered the same thing over the last 24 hours.