Head Coach Bo Pelini,once again, apologized for the comments he made about fans during the weekly Big Ten Teleconference Tuesday.
During the call, Pelini said he knew the audio existed, but never expected it to be released. He added that he doesn't know who leaked the tape. When asked about his thoughts on that person, Pelini said, "I don't want to go there - it's not worth commenting on."
Pelini doesn't know whether he'll face any disciplinary action. He said, "You apologize for your mistakes and you move on. That's all that you can do in this situation."
He added that he was venting in a situation that he thought was private.
The audio recordings were unveiled by the Website Deadspin.com and in them, Pelini can be heard using several explicit words to describe Husker fans.
The statement from the coach says, “I want to sincerely apologize for my comments from two years ago which became public today. I take full responsibility for these comments. They were spoken in a private room following the Ohio State game. I was venting following a series of emotional events which led to this moment. That being said, these comments are in no way indicative of my true feelings. I love it here in Nebraska and feel fortunate to be associated with such a great University and fan base. I again apologize to anyone whom I have offended.”
In addition to the statement from the coach, there were also comments released from UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst.
Chancellor Perlman is quoted as saying, "I am aware of the publication of Coach Pelini's comments, I am disappointed and in discussions with Shawn Eichorst about addressing the issue."
And from Eichorst: “I am disheartened and disappointed by the 2011 comments published today attributed to Coach Pelini about our dedicated and passionate fans and supporters. I have spoken with Chancellor Perlman and I have addressed the situation with Bo and expressed our deep concern."
While the recording in question is from 2011, Deadspin just recently obtained it. The recording was taken of Head Coach Bo Pelini prior to an interview. It appears that he did not know he was being recorded.
Click here to listen to the recording. A warning - the language is explicit.