Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Solich's job future not divulged yet
OMAHA, Neb. -- Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson
said on statewide radio Tuesday night that he has never discussed
the status of football coach Frank Solich with any boosters.
Pederson used his weekly radio show on the Pinnacle Sports
Network as his forum to make his first public comments about the
Sunday Lincoln Journal Star report that Pederson would force out
Solich after Friday's game at Colorado.
Pederson said he was disappointed with the article and the
firestorm that has followed. The Journal Star cited three anonymous
sources identified only as boosters.
Pederson characterized those boosters as people "who think they
"I don't want to chastise all Nebraskans for a very little
group that has created a controversy here," Pederson said. "First
of all, I would call those people myself if I knew who they were
and talk to them."
Pederson said he would never discuss his plans with boosters.
"We've never let boosters inside our program, and we're not
about to now," Pederson said. "We'll make decisions that we see
fit. They will not be influenced by anybody, whether somebody wants
to give money or doesn't want to give money."
Pederson said the people who talked to the Journal Star did
nothing but hurt the program.
"We'll get through it," he said. "We've built too much over
the last 40 years for the last 72 hours to destroy. When we're
talking about anonymous people, that right away to most Nebraskans
takes away most of the belief."
Pederson said he knows that Cornhusker fans are anxious about
the situation. Still, he said he has not considered divulging his
plans for the football program before the season ends.
"I didn't create this story," he said.
Two callers told Pederson that his silence was creating
uncertainty among prospective recruits, thus damaging the program.
Pederson, a former football recruiting coordinator at Nebraska,
Ohio State and Tennessee, said, "I know these things are never
great when they are surfacing in recruiting, but these things can
go away as fast as they rise up."