LINCOLN — Former Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier fired a Twitter Saturday shot across the bow of current NU coach Bo Pelini after a 41-21 loss to UCLA.
Monday in his press conference, Pelini responded to Frazier's comments, and suggested former Huskers who take public digs at Nebraska aren't helping the team win games.
Hours after being honored at halftime of the Bruin game — NU still led 21-10 at the time — for his selection for the College Football Hall of Fame, Frazier called for the firing of the entire defensive staff for failing to make adjustments to UCLA's offense. Pelini said he hadn't read Frazier's comment, but heard about them. Then he offered his response.
“We have a staff, players and administration — everybody here — who's busting their butt to do everything we can to win football games and to do everything we can for student-athletes,” Pelini said.
“Since I came back here, I've embraced the former players, and if he feels like that, so be it. We don't need him. That's a shame. Until you've sat in this seat — until you've sat and done it — anybody can have an opinion. Anybody can do that. It's easy to point fingers and stand outside and throw stones. I take it for what it is.”
The “we don't need him” part of the answer went viral on Twitter. Frazier, who won national titles in 1994 and 1995 — finishing second in the Heisman Trophy race in the latter year — took to that same medium to respond.
“I said what I said ... I love the program and I love the fans. Its tough for some to hear but the program and fans deserves more,” read the first tweet in response.
Frazier continued: “He's right, he doesn't need me. I'm not the answer but he needs someone to help define success for this program. Nebraska fans deserve more.”
The former Husker is a frequent guest at Nebraska's “Football Fridays” event — co-sponsored by the Nebraska Alumni Association and the athletic department — in which he speaks on a panel about the upcoming home game and makes score predictions.
Frazier has periodically been a softer critic of the NU program under Pelini. His nephew, Brion Carnes, was a backup quarterback and wide receiver inside the program before transferring this offseason to Northern Iowa.
The full text of Frazier's tweet from Saturday's game: “After letting it sink in for about 4 hours I still struggling. It's time to get rid of the defensive play caller, the Dc, lb dl and db coaches. I hate saying this but this crap is getting old. How in the hell do you not make adjustments or put your players in the position to compete? If this is what is going to happen for the remainder of the season, count me out. I don't care if we lose a game but the way we are losing is just not what #Nebraska fans deserve. I have fought, bled, and cried over this program. I didn't do all that for the program to become what it has today. Time for change! I will comment about the offense this week on Tommie's X's and O's. Trust me you don't want to miss it. #Huskers
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