Monday, January 07, 2008

BeauxShirts Take The Trophy; Pelini Brings a Ring to Lincoln

Tonight's LSU victory over Ohio State was closer than I thought it would be, but it was still an impressive victory in the National Championship game. And based on Fox's coverage of the sideline, you would have thought that Bo Pelini was head coach of the Tigers. Heck, it was Pelini who got the Gatorade bath, not Les Miles.

But he's not. He's the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Some people would have preferred that Pelini would have closed the door on LSU five weeks ago, but that's not the type of coach Bo Pelini is. He finished the job in Baton Rouge; he owed it to his players. That shows that commitment means to Pelini, and that dedication will come back to pay huge dividends for Nebraska in the future. In this age when commitment is just a word, it's refreshing to see someone walking the walk.

Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal-Star talked to Frank Solich about how he came across Bo Pelini five years ago, and how Solich worked through Tampa defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, who in turned called USC coach Pete Carroll. It sounds like Solich had several top names in mind: Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta and Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster. Solich probably couldn't have made a bad choice at the time, but now it looks like he made a great choice.

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