Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini in a statement released Saturday night thanked Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst for his support. Pelini also apologized for his conduct Friday.
Responding to growing speculation about Pelini's job status, Eichorst said in a statement Saturday morning that he looked forward to "Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future."
Pelini responded with a 163-word statement of his own.
"I want to thank our administration and Shawn Eichorst in particular, for his continued and full support that he has given me and our football program since his arrival on campus," Pelini said. "I am honored to represent this university and its great fans and I'm proud to lead this program into the future."
Pelini also addressed his demeanor and comments Friday, when Nebraska lost 38-17 to Iowa. Pelini was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct during the game. He criticized the officiating crew following the game.
"I apologize for reacting emotionally (Friday) and for showing frustration both with the game officials and the media," Pelini said. "I fully understand and respect their difficult jobs, and I regret any and all actions or words which may have shed a negative light on our program and university. Accountability is a core belief throughout our program, and as the head coach, I must set and maintain a high standard."
It appears the Huskers are set to get back to work as soon as possible, according to Pelini.
"Our football staff is hitting recruiting full throttle and looking forward to the upcoming bowl game," Pelini said. "We are committed to working with Shawn and our entire department staff to continue to build this program and bring championships back to Nebraska."
Also on Saturday, former Nebraska coach and A.D. Tom Osborne made a show of faith in Pelini, while UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman said the coach's conduct was not a matter he was willing to discuss in the media.
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