September 18, 2013 in Sports

Pelini regrets profane tirade

Associated Press

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Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini said he doesn’t know if he’ll be disciplined for his profane rant about Cornhuskers fans two years ago, adding that he expects most will continue to support him.

An audio of Pelini’s tirade leaked to the sports website Deadspin has Big Red fans buzzing. Pelini issued an apology in a statement Monday night and reiterated it during the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference on Tuesday.

Chancellor Harvey Perlman has expressed dis- appointment in Pelini but declined to comment when asked if the coach would be disciplined. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst said he was “disheartened.”

Pelini said he has met with Eichorst and spoken on the phone with Perlman about the audio. He did not elaborate.

The Huskers play FCS South Dakota State on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

“I fully anticipate coaching this weekend,” Pelini said after practice. “I’m the head football coach until someone says different.”

Pelini said on the teleconference he was shocked by the release of the audio, though he indicated he knew a potentially damaging audio existed.

Pelini said he might lose some fan support, but that he was confident many would understand that his comments were made during what he thought was a private conversation before his radio show after the Huskers’ 34-27 win over Ohio State in October 2011.

Fargo in spotlight

ESPN has decided to stray from its normal game plan for its popular College GameDay show and stage Saturday’s event before the North Dakota State game in Fargo.

It will be the fourth Football Championship Subdivision matchup featured on the show. ESPN officials say they like NDSU’s standing as two-time defending FCS champs and current No. 1 team.

NDSU hosts Delaware State.

Receiver dismissed

Suspended Vanderbilt receiver Chris Boyd has been dismissed from the university following his conditional guilty plea for his role in attempting to cover up the rape of an unconscious student.

Kill returns

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has returned to his normal game-week routine three days after his latest epileptic seizure caused him to miss the second half of a win over Western Illinois.

Kill declined to speak about his health.

Kill’s seizure last weekend was his fourth on a game day since he took the Golden Gophers job in 2011.

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