Bo Pelini is back in the news, just over a week after his cruise through several taverns in downtown Lincoln in search of players violating his ban on consumption of adult beverages.
A editorial that ran in Monday's Daily Nebraskan, the student newspaper, ripped the Nebraska coach for his handling of players who have run afoul of the law. Prominently mentioned in the editorial was Josh Williams, a defensive end recruit from Denton, Texas. Williams was arrested last week for assault and robbery after he allegedly punched a man in the face and robbed him of $900.
The editorial enraged Pelini. According to the Daily Nebraskan, "Pelini called our office and berated one of our board members so loudly that he was heard clearly from across the newsroom. There’s no real point in printing the choice phrases he used during that first phone call.
"But Pelini informed us the Daily Nebraskan’s relationship with the football program would be severed unless an exhaustive retraction was published on [Tuesday's] front page.
"Athletic Department personnel confirmed Pelini’s decision later in the day, and asked that our reporters and photographers not show up at Monday’s practice while politely asking the one writer who did to leave."
Late Monday, Pelini called the paper again, this time lifting the media ban.
The Daily Nebraskan, much to its credit, is dusting itself off and is ready for another round with Pelini.
"In the coming days, one of our football writers will publish an article examining Pelini’s doctrine on team discipline. We hope it’s able to provide an objective look at part of the inner workings of Husker Football, a realm reserved for a few fortunate and highly-talented young athletes."
Thanks to Sean.