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Is Bo Pelini's conduct getting out of line? Big 12 bullet-point observations

As a result of an eventful football weekend around the Big 12 Conference, I've decided to adopt the bullet-point approach for today's blog entry.

I have quite a bit on my mind following the weekend. Bo Pelini doesn't like referees, and his temper flared at Texas A&M. The Big 12 South could come down to a three-way tie (again). The Big 12 North will come down to the last week as well. I went 5-2 in picking Big 12 games in week 12 of Conference ChatterTV, which can be seen below:

Here goes nothing. Welcome to Conference Chatter's Big 12 bullet points. • Nebraska coach Bo Pelini ripped into quite a few people Saturday night. He lashed into the referees, clearly irate on a slew of calls (the Huskers were flagged 16 times for 145 yards) during NU's ugly 9-6 loss at Texas A&M. A roughing-the-passer call against Courtney Osborne enabled Texas A&M to extend a late drive and set up the game-winning field goal. Pelini had a point. The call was dreadful.

But the coach also went berserk on his own players, and starting quarterback Taylor Martinez, in particular, witnessed the wrath of the outrageously livid Pelini on the sidelines.

The way Pelini carried himself was unprofessional and bothersome. He's tried to control his hot temper this season, but his sideline demeanor reached a new boiling point on Saturday.

The whining and complaining, as if the referees conspired to job Nebraska, grew tiresome. Yes, this is Nebraska's last season in the Big 12, and no, I don't think the Big 12 zebras intentionally hosed the Huskers. What good would that do for the Big 12? Nebraska was one of the final conference teams left with an outside chance of playing for the BCS Championship.

Back to Pelini. The roughing-the-passer call on Osborne was terrible. Fair enough. Let's pretend that it didn't even happen. Given the difficulty NU had in moving the ball, it's not exactly a given the Huskers' offense would have marched back down the field and won the game.

Nebraska's vaunted rushing attack, which averages about 270 yards per game, only rushed for 142. Martinez and his backup, Cody Green, had trouble completing passes against a Texas A&M secondary that ranked in the bottom 10 in the country in pass defense coming into the game.

I respect coaches who carry themselves with extreme intensity (see Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin), but there's a difference between extreme intensity and excessive griping. Pelini feverishly chasing down referees seemed desperate and childish.

NU chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Tom Osborne had to have a meeting with Pelini on Sunday morning to talk about his conduct.

I respect what Pelini has done in taking a defense that lacked speed and tackling ability in the Bill Callahan era and turning it into one of the best units in the country. But he's the head coach at one of the most tradition-rich football programs of all-time. Pelini should think more about how his decorum is perceived, because it looked outrageously petulant on Saturday night.

If Nebraska fans have a sky-is-falling outlook, they shouldn't. All the Huskers need to do is beat Colorado on Friday at home and they will represent the North in the Big 12 Championship. Winning the Big 12 is still well within reach. Nebraska likely wasn't going to play in the BCS Championship anyway.

Colorado interim coach Brian Cabral restored last names on the backs of his players' jerseys this past weekend. This season was the first in at least 25 years that the Buffaloes didn't have last names on the jerseys. Colorado won its second consecutive Big 12 game when it defeated Kansas State, 44-36, this past weekend.

Kansas, please take notice. Last names belong on the jerseys.

Should Cabral, who has won two games since taking over for Dan Hawkins, somehow knock off Pelini's Huskers in Lincoln next week, he should immediately be front-runner for the next coach in Boulder. That figures to be a tall order. Nebraska opened as 20-point favorites Sunday night.

Switching gears to the Big 12 South: This division will also come down to the final week of action. Oklahoma State (6-1 Big 12), Oklahoma (5-2) and Texas A&M (5-2) still have a chance to take the division crown. Oklahoma State will face Oklahoma next week in the annual Bedlam series, while Texas A&M will travel to Texas.

Scenario 1: If Oklahoma State wins, nothing else matters. The Cowboys would play in the Big 12 title game.

Scenario 2: If Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M beats Texas, there would be a three-way tie at 6-2 atop the South. The tiebreaker would come down to who's ranked the highest in the BCS standings when they're released next Sunday night (in this scenario, probably Oklahoma).

Conclusion: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State will essentially decide the Big 12 South.

The last time the South finished the regular season in a three-way tie was 2008, when Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech all finished 11-1 and 7-1 in the league. The Sooners had the best BCS ranking and advanced to the Big 12 Championship.

Here's the latest edition of the Sorrentino Scale. The number that follows in parentheses is what the team was ranked last week:

1 (2). Oklahoma State (10-1): Biggest game in school history to take place Saturday vs. Oklahoma, likely for rights to Big 12 title game.
2 (3). Oklahoma (9-2): Sooners have won past seven meetings against Oklahoma St.
3 (1). Nebraska (9-2): Will Martinez look as healthy as earlier in year at any point again this season?
4 (4). Missouri (9-2): Tigers quietly having great season. What percent do you give Kansas staging an upset on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.?
5 (5). Texas A&M (8-3): Yeah, I know. A&M beat Nebraska and Oklahoma. But Aggies also lost to Missouri, Oklahoma State and out of conference against Arkansas.
6 (6). Baylor (7-5): Bears finish solid season losing last three games.
7 (7). Kansas State (6-5): 'Cats have lost four of last five games.
8 (9) Texas Tech (6-5): Red Raiders close at home vs. Houston.
9 (8). Iowa State (5-7): Cyclones' season over after losing last three games and chance at a bowl berth.
10 (10). Texas (5-6): Beating Florida Atlantic is nice, but Texas won't climb in standings for rest of season unless it beats A&M this week.
11 (12). Colorado (5-6): Cabral working wonders so far in Boulder.
12 (11). Kansas (3-8): Back to cellar for Jayhawks. Colorado got hot after monumental collapse at KU.

That should be all for now, friends. As always, discuss.

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Comments

BIGREDTIME 3 years, 4 months ago

look at all these haters. none of the north teams could handle us this final year. all u have is hate so keep letting it out

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westernkshawk 3 years, 4 months ago

I don't think Bo Pelini's conduct is any worse than KSU's Frank Martin. Tapes of last year's BB games demonstrate all of the above. I noticed this year he has been easier on the ref's so far but NOT any easier on his players whom he berates unmercifully on the sidelines. And has anyone else noticed that KSU fans ae probably some of the worst in the league in that they boo at EVERY call against one of their players. Not just disputable calls, but EVERY call. It is disgraceful.

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KU8084 3 years, 4 months ago

Omaha World-Herald looked at three games worked by the same crew. Against UT, ISU and A&M, the zebras called nine penalties for 103 yards on NU's opponents and 32 penalties for 293 yards against NU.

Two losses and an overtime win.

It may be not so much a conspiracy as Pellini's complaining has become more than counterproductive. What works in college basketball doesn't in football

Anyone think the Big 12 will suspend the A&M player for grabbing the testicles of the NU player clearly shown on the film? Or was he just auditioning to become a TSA agent?

And all this whining about NU bolting for the Big 10 doesn't hide the fact that ANY of the Big 12 North schools would leap at the chance to have gotten that offer. That Mizzou embarrassed themselves like a teenage girl hoping to go out with the captain of the football team is particularly delicious.

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jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 4 months ago

Today news that was printed says in the last 3 years NU has had the most flags thrown at them than anyother college football team. O, may I add that Penis has been here 3 years.Hmmm, that could tell me something. Yes, I did spell that correct. Nu has been making helmet to helmet hits in the Okla.ST and Missouri game. ABC announcer said that is a dirty hit. Bully Bo is a time boom just waiting to go off and it will happen when NU gets into a close game. Bully was as nervous as a cat watching a mouse trying to apologize for his actions during the game. Making excuses that he was teaching his player all about life. He said I am sorry that was on TV and that he handles that yelling and finger pointing behind closed doors????????? NU is trash. Go to the big 10 and now.

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Janet Scott 3 years, 5 months ago

Pellini is a frick'n nut case; an embarrassment to the chewing gum companies. Speaking of gum, Dr. O should "chew" Bo's butt big time. Glad to see NU get frosted by A&M. Real glad. NU can get the arrogant a$$es out of Dodge (the Big 12), for all I care.

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LiKilroy 3 years, 5 months ago

Nothing more then Renminbi mean Renminbi.

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kusayzone 3 years, 5 months ago

It is too bad when a coach has to go to such extremes to 1) Fire up his team, 2) Take out the crowd influence over the referees on the field trying not to get homered 3) Has a TV camera plastered on his every move and he then needs to justify individual 5 seconds of segments that occur over the course of the game. Those cameras are trained on the sideline...I would prefer to watch the game, but it doesnt sell television! How many people used to tune in to watch Bobby Knight just to see if he would throw a chair across the gym? I am not a Nebraska fan, but they were the victims of such circumstances that I even felt sorry for them. If every football has a defining moment, a turning point, Nebraska was on the wrong side too many times for even the Vegas odds makers to bet on their chances of winning. And no way should have had to survive all those bad calls. Bottom line...football is becoming a marshmallow sport, starting with the NFL. This new school football will soon have a "League Of Their Own",

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jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 5 months ago

This is nothing new with the Penus boys. They have been flagged before and the fans up here have expressed displeasure over him.

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aviebs51 3 years, 5 months ago

That sounds like one of those Celebrity Death Match from MTV. Bo "The Cudd Chewer" Pelini vs Frank "The guy I swear is gonna have a heart attack on the sidelines" Martin. And what better venue? The Hawktagon. Maybe special guest referee Don Beebe with the Judges being Mark Mangino, Jim Levitt and the Pirate Mike Leech. That would be an all star cast...The Pelini brothers are the brothers that cryed Wolf. You can only apologize so many times...

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jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 5 months ago

The Pelini boys are a disgrace to colloge football. Bo apologizes but, that doesn't stop what people think of him. He has shown this side of himself many times on tv. He says he does this to make his players ready for the real world, that makes Mangino a real good teacher. Bring back Mangino and fire Gill.

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Scott Smetana 3 years, 5 months ago

Let Bo coach the Basketball team this year. Bo vs. Frank Martin with Hightower as referee in the Octagon would be awesome!!!

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LiKilroy 3 years, 5 months ago

True dat girlfriend, he is a canidate for TMJ surgery down the road. I just do not feel that you call CPS on a parent who has different parenting rules then oneself. You call CPS when there is real concern.

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aviebs51 3 years, 5 months ago

I really don't want to sit here and argue symantecs with you kilroy. Yelling vs. Abuse is very relative. LSU loved him because he wasn't the face of their program. You can be a clown on the sidelines until you are the main man and have the camera on you after every play. Whats the over/under on how long till ABC/ESPN start the Pelini cam. You know similar to how they show Frank Martin after every questionable call. I feel Pelini would suit that well. I have trouble reading his mouth though cuz hes always got gum in his mouth. Should get a gum contract.

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LiKilroy 3 years, 5 months ago

Verbally abuse and yelling are not the same. I do not know all that occurred with MM while at KU. I am guessing former players are the ones who validated this. At this time, all we saw with NU was yelling. Until proven otherwise, that is all it was. Mangino, from what I understand, was not loved by Lew Perkins(AD) and the team was going backwards, inspite of having some really good players. When on a business trip to Omaha a year or two back, someone stated the biggest reason Solich was let go was due to getting a student pregnant. Also, the AD at the time wanted someone else for the job. From what I have read, LSU loved him and his passion.

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aviebs51 3 years, 5 months ago

"However, does that mean that just because he is a yeller we should brand him as an abuser?" Actually Mark Mangino got "dismissed" for verbally abusing players....I understand that we can't hear what Bo or Mangino say/said but using that thing on top of your shoulders couldn't you possibly come to the conclusion that he is "verbally abusing" players? I will warn you of this. Everybody said Mangino was an "intense, blue collared coach" until he lost bad last year and all the sudden he was "abusive." Nebraska couldn't stand 9-win years under Solich....how long before Pelini's antics cost him his job?

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aviebs51 3 years, 5 months ago

I couldn't disagree with you more. My hate of abuse? What are you talking about? I'm not hanging Pelini at all. I believe that in the future he will take care of that himself. I have nothing but respect for Nebraska. Ya they aren't my favorite team but in the same retrospect the samething can be said about KU basketball. People don't care for winners. It's natural to want the underdog to win. Now I like to believe that KU wouldn't have their starting 5 in up 20 points pressing with 1:30 left. Thats all that I'm saying is that I don't know if anything more is going on or not as far as the abuse with Pelini goes. I would say that his demeanor on the sidelines raises eyebrows. No where have I said he is abussive. As a matter of fact, other than it looks poor, I have no problem with a coach laying into a player. And I'm in no way saying he is doing anything against the rules. You my friend have "tunnel vision" if you think NE doesn't get calls because of who they are. I havn't missed too many of their games this year and they get more questionable calls than what goes against them. And it's funny how a NE fan has the audacity to comment on Dan Beebe and the big 12 refs. You guys were what 3rd in money received in the big 12? And you want to go after the Big 12 commissioner....laughable at best.....

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LiKilroy 3 years, 5 months ago

You are right, as we do not know if more has gone on then just yelling. However, does that mean that just because he is a yeller we should brand him as an abuser? One site had someone stating he was a wife beater too. It is kind of being called a racist for not agreeing with the current President. Strong hurtful words when used incorrectly. Now, I do not know much about the coach before Pelini, just know there the fans were not happy with him. But are you not trying to hang Pelini as an abuser due to your hate of Nebraska and not for your hate of abuse? And yes, all teams have been hurt as well as helped by bad calls. But you really have to have tunnel vision not to see that that NU has had way more of their share of bad calls since announcing their move to the Big 10. Before talks of NU leaving, MU was hoping to get the offer to leave. I think if MU was the one leaving, they would have had Dan Beebe and the referees trying to make plays and wins more difficult.

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 5 months ago

Uh, when Pelini yelled at Martinez, he also, poked him in his chest. When Pelini was screaming at the sideline official, he almost bumped into him---that is, a no-no.

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 5 months ago

Uh, when Pelini yelled at Martinez, he also, poked him in his chest. When Pelini was screaming at the sideline official, he almost bumped into him---that is, a no-no.

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aviebs51 3 years, 5 months ago

I did and will continue to stand behind my comments about Nebraska having a "target on their back." They may have a target on their back from opposing teams but to think the officials also do....get real. They "have a target on their back" from the opposing teams is because they call timeouts inside of a minute when they are leading by 3 poss. so that they can get the right downfield pass in. Thats rediculous. You sleep in the bed you make. Too bad A&M didn't do it to them....

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aviebs51 3 years, 5 months ago

I wasn't "berating" LiKilroy at all about the Mangino issue. I personally believe that both are "terrible." It's funny the things you can't do today....kids show up late to meetings and you punish them by making them do bear crawls and they end up crying wolf. As a former college player there were bunch of players that cried wolf so how does a coach know when to stop. I'm still not saying what he did was right.

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Doug Merrill 3 years, 5 months ago

aviebs51 You are berating LiKilroy because - as far as you know, and you don't know everything - he misstated the heinous treatment as rubbing knuckles to bleeding vs third degree burns of the knees? Both are outrageous acts and unacceptable in today's world, and not compatible with a sustained success in recruiting. It doesn't matter that he "got it right", because the reality was worse than what he was saying. His point was still correct.

Pelini's biggest problem is that Osborne et al will see his behavior ALSO as not conducive to recruiting, which it isn't. Bobby Knight's eventual loss of success was due to losses in the living room, because everyone watched him on TV (and knew he was worse in practice).

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aviebs51 3 years, 5 months ago

LiKilroy.....First off, Mangino did not "make someone rub their knuckles on turf until they bleed." He made them do bear-crawls in turf that was "scorching hot." Thus, creating blisters. Secondly, your comment about the "target on your back." I have watched years and years of Nebraska games where their opponet didn't get a single call and NE benefited from the "generosity" of the refs. So I don't think you have much of a leg to stand on. I personally don't understand why NE puts up with this stuff. It's truly embarassing to the state and to the university. Does NE not think they can do any better than him. Not to mention, LiKilroy....all he's doing is yelling right? Well I saw him grab Martinez facemask (definite no-no). Not to mention thats all we thought Mangino was doing was yelling....wait till they start having 8 win seasons....it will come to light.

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LiKilroy 3 years, 5 months ago

Yelling is one thing. Making someone rub their knuckles on turf until the bleed is something totally different. Nonetheless, Turner Gill is full of class and this will not happen under his watch.

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jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 5 months ago

Bo's actions makes Mangino look like a preacher. There is really a mess up here in cobland. Chancellor Perlman is to have a talk with Osborne and Pelini. I guess Carl had a fight with Texas A&M camera guy. I new something like this would becoming up with Pelini. He is a hot head not really for NU but, for himself. He is out to try and make a name for himself, thats all. Bo's actions have been going on for sometime, remember the time he went off at Bill Synder up here and UNL made Bo apologize to Bill. Bo is a loser. Nu has been playing with some dirty players like in the Oklahoma ST game and then the Missouri game with head hits. The sooner we get NU to the big 10 it will get better in the big 12. Better send Gill with NU.

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if Bo will get a phone call from Mark Mangino in Naples, Florida? Conversation might be like this---- Hey, Bo! Yeah you, Pelini. You might want to back off a little bubba. I am living large in Florida, enjoying the sunshine but I really wish I could coach again. I didn't have the tradition at Kansas like you have at Nebraska, so, you probably just get a slap on the wrist by your boss, Tom Osborne. Hey, I been there, done that, so, take it easy, son. Good luck against Colorado---some are calling this the "Outcast Bowl," but that's okay, don't listen to those darn fool media types. One last thing, if you could get Taylor (Martinez) to transfer to Kansas, that would be awesome! Hey, Bo----just messin' with you, Man! Take care!

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Ben Kane 3 years, 5 months ago

not that it really matters, but I believe we should be ranked ahead of Colorado.

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LiKilroy 3 years, 5 months ago

I do not think Bo was abusing Martinez, but should have done this after the game. I read that the QB called his dad. I heard that he was upset that he was going to give calls from the sideline. I heard he was upset that he was out of the game and said something under his breath to B.P. I heard he supported Cotton for kicking the Texas A&M dude, after the A&M dude grabbed Cotton's junk. So, there are a lot of resons as to the yelling, but we do not know for real what happened as of this moment. Yelling at the Refs were good!!! The Refs made and have made really poor calls that hurt the Huskers all season long. If you are a true football fan you can see this. That being said, when you have a target on your back, you have to step up and play even better and not let stupid calls determine the outcome of a game. But does anyone think the Refs are going to be held for their continued errors on the Huskers? When NU is gone, who will be the Big 12's step child to mis-treat? We know it will not be the teams in the 12 South. So, it will be someone from the North---watch your backs!

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 5 months ago

Oh my gawd. Someone get that to big12/espn fast! These guys are out of control. How great would it be to hit little Bo p and brother with a couple game suspension

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Nutflush21 3 years, 5 months ago

The Pelini's have serious anger management issues. Bo berating Martinez on the sideline was awful. According to Nebraska message boards, Bo was upset because Martinez called his father from the locker room.

Also, here is video of Carl going after a video camera on Saturday night. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU4Jhh...

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 5 months ago

seriously, does anyone like the names not being on the back of the jerseys? well, besides gill.

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