When introduced as the new Husker football coach Sunday, Bo Pelini made several references to family, the football variety and his own wife and children. Mary Pat Pelini is happy to be back in Nebraska.
It was fitting that the patriarch of Nebraska football, Tom Osborne, introduced Bo Pelini as the new coach. Pelini immediately grasped what Nebraska football is all about. "It's like one big family and that's what I want it to be."
Pelini then introduced his own family. "My wife Mary Pat, my best friend in the world, my eight-year-old son Patrick, my six-year-old Kate and my four-year-old Caroline."
Mary Pat says the children were told about the move over the weekend. "The kids are excited and we're looking forward to getting back here sooner than later and putting down roots like we thought we did the first time."
Nebraska made a big impact on the Pelini family during their brief stop here that began nearly five years ago.
"People are always asking where your favorite place was and this was my answer and no one ever believed it. I think because it's Midwest and we're both Midwesterners and it's a big city, but a college town. I don't know, there's just something about it."
The Pelini's know they may be the state's most visible family. "That'll be an adjustment because we were a very quiet family, kind of unassuming, not a lot of people knew who we were, so that's gonna change in an instant, I have a feeling."
Mary Pat says buying a house and getting the kids in school is a top priority. She hopes the family is making it's last move.
"We were on the three-year plan for a long time until we got here and then it was one and one. This is our third at LSU, so hopefully now we're going back to that longer time frame."
The Husker family hopes the state's newest residents have a long and successful stay. Many Husker fans immediately identified with Pelini through his commitment to the players, the state and the program.
One former player says Pelini made a lasting impression on him when he defended his team by going after Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, accusing him of running up the score during a game in 2003.