Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 11:46 am
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Even website doesn't know who leaked Bo Pelini's profanity-laced rant

So who leaked Bo's rant?

Even those at Deadspin.com say they don't know, disclosing Tuesday that it was emailed by an anonymous tipster just hours before they published it Monday.

Other information published by the website suggests that the audio clip came from someone who clearly is no fan of Pelini. It also appears likely that the audio originated somewhere within the Husker Sports Network, which produces Husker radio broadcasts, though the tipster told Deadspin he had only recently acquired it.

“Attached is an audio clip that has been heard by very, very few people and it's only fair that the fanbase of Nebraska know what Pelini thinks about them. 'Them' being the same people who pay his salary,'' the tipster said in his original email to Deadspin.

In encouraging Deadspin to run the story as soon as possible, the source made reference to Pelini's Monday comments about former star quarterback Tommie Frazier. In his Monday morning press conference, Pelini had responded to criticism of his program from Frazier by saying, in part, “we don't need him.'' The source also referenced Nebraska's loss to UCLA on Saturday, in which the Huskers blew a 21-3 lead at home and lost 41-21.

“You'll get the most traction right now after Pelini's remarks about Frazier today and the fan base reeling from yet ANOTHER embarrassment on national TV last Saturday,'' the person wrote.

Deadspin directly asked the tipster, “Why do you hate Pelini so much?''

“I don't hate him as a person or anything,'' the source replied. “In any case, I don't want to get into that. ... I'd hope you wouldn't turn this into a story about a fan trying to stick it to Pelini. We both know that this audio, by itself, more than holds its own as a relevant news story.''

After Deadspin published the story and audio, it heard from a second source who said he had first become aware of the recording in 2011 just days after it was made. The source said he had first heard about it third-hand from someone who had talked to someone associated with the Nebraska radio network. The source later got a partial transcript of what Pelini said.

The source suggested the recording originated in the network, writing in an email to Deadspin that “the people back at whatever station his postgame show originates from were rolling it the entire time.''

Huskers Sports Network officials have not commented on the audio and its origins.

Pelini said Tuesday that he did not know who leaked the audio but said it would seem obvious “there was an agenda behind it.''

Pelini said he had heard in the past that “there was something out there” in regards to the audio, but until Monday didn't know any specifics.

He also said he has a good relationship with the parent company that owns the sports network. He said he'd be interested to learn how the audio got out but added, “I haven't even thought about that. I'm focused on one thing right now, and that's our football team.''

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