An incident on a radio call-in show has Husker fans once again paying more attention to the coach than to the team. Just days away from another big game, fans are talking about what happened Wednesday night.
In Nebraska, football is close to religion on the priority scale and every fan has an opinion on how the game should be played and how the coach should coach. No matter what, Husker fans seem to always have something to complain about. For years, some fans criticized legendary coach Tom Osborne for not being emotional enough on the sidelines.
Now here’s Bo Pelini, running in high gear and some fans don't like it. On KFAB’s Sports Nightly show, Bo got into a discussion with a fan from Beatrice. “I was just curious. Your sideline demeanor is not the face of Nebraska. Do you think that has anything to do with the amount of penalty calls we get?”
“What did you say about my sideline demeanor?" asked the coach.
"It’s not the face of Nebraska," said the caller. "That's not how people in Nebraska act.”
Most of the fans we talked to say they are fine with Bo's act. “He's always been a fiery person, he gets into it, that’s what you want to see, that's Nebraska football, I would like to think,” said Chris Fowler.
“Sometimes looks like he gets a little angry, but I think it’s pumping his guys up,” said Jackie Wozniak.
“I think what he did early on, now there’s a microscope on him, there’s a camera on him at all times, I think it looks worse than it actually is,” said Cory Davis.
Pelini told the caller that his sideline demeanor is no worse than any other head coach in the country. "People like you want to magnify it, talk about it, been talking about it since I've been here. Don't think I have a problem with sideline demeanor this year. I'm a passionate guy, I'm an emotion guy, I like to compete. I'm not changing. How ‘bout that, my man."