And it’s not the reason that most Nebraska fans think it is.
Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald seemed surprised when word broke last weekend that Bo Pelini and Youngstown State were working on a new contract for Pelini. He figured Pelini’s competitive urges would have him wanting to get back to big-time college football, even if only as a defensive coordinator.
I’m not surprised at all. In fact, I suspect that Pelini is exactly where he wants to be right now and for the next couple of years.
Many Husker fans like to believe that Pelini is back in Youngstown because that’s the only place that would hire him. I suspect that opinion merely serves as confirmation of their opinion of Pelini’s coaching ability. I don’t believe that, though. I think Pelini had plenty of opportunities available to him in December 2014. After all, if Hugh Freeze can get a division 1-A job (at a Christian university, no less) after all he did at Ole Miss, there’s a place for Pelini somewhere. Let’s be honest, we now know that just about everything Bo Pelini said about Shawn Eichorst in that infamous leaked tape was pretty much spot-on.