Nebraska fined for Bo Pelini's tirade

Updated: December 2, 2013, 6:51 PM ET
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com

The Big Ten has publicly reprimanded Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini and fined the school $10,000 for Pelini's confrontation with an official during last Friday's loss to Iowa.

Pelini berated the official after a pass-interference call went against the Huskers and nearly hit the official with his hat during the tirade. He was given a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

The Big Ten said Pelini's actions violated its bylaws about sportsmanship.

"Coaches are teachers as well, and there is an expectation that they set the example for student-athletes and others in areas of sportslike conduct," the conference said in a news release.

Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst, who announced on Saturday that the school would retain Pelini as head coach, said in a statement that he supported the Big Ten's action.

"We were disappointed with Coach Pelini's actions this past Friday regarding game officials," Eichorst said in the statement. "We immediately recognized and addressed the situation with Coach Pelini and the Big Ten Conference. In addition, Coach Pelini acknowledged and accepted responsibility for the inappropriateness of his actions and issued a public apology in advance of this reprimand."

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