Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Huskers DC issues apology for post-game incident
By ESPN.com staff
Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini was involved in a post-game incident with a reporter from TexAgs.com, a Texas A&M fan site, that ended with the eyepiece of the reporter's camera broken, but it didn't sustain any serious damage.
Huskers coach Bo Pelini said on Monday his brother was helping a player get off the field, but his explanation was contradicted by photos from the scene. Carl Pelini offered an explanation for the inconsistency in his statement.
Here's the full text of Pelini's apology:
"I apologize for the events that occurred after Saturday night’s game at Texas A&M. It was a very emotional situation and the mob scene on the field after the game amplified that. Having been involved in a similar situation in 2003 at Missouri, and in witnessing the situation on the field, I made a poor decision in trying to prevent a reporter from recording the scene. I have acknowledged this from the very beginning. Unfortunately, in trying to prevent a scene, I created one. We have been in contact with Brandon Jones and I have apologized to him directly for putting my hands on his camera. I offered to pay for any damages to the camera, but Brandon indicated there were none.
UPDATE (5:10 p.m.)
"Unfortunately, Bo did not have all the facts prior to yesterday’s press conference and wasn’t fully prepared for the question. Hopefully, this statement will erase all doubts about the situation and allow everyone to put it behind us. Again, I apologize for any negative publicity this has caused for our football program, Athletic Department and the University of Nebraska."
Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne released a statement on Tuesday evening regarding Bo Pelini's sideline behavior in Saturday's game:
"Bo and his staff have done some very fine things in the three years he has been at Nebraska. The players have done very well academically, the off-the-field behavior has improved considerably and team chemistry, and unity of purpose have been exceptional. Our team has been well-prepared and played with intensity every week. Bo and his staff have turned the football program in a very positive direction.
"It is important that people maintain a sense of perspective and balance concerning the football program in view of the events of last Saturday. Bo has indicated that events such as those will not happen again. I take him at his word, and agree that it is very important that going forward we do not see a recurrence."