Published Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm / Updated at 6:59 pm
Bo Pelini: Job talk is mere speculation

LINCOLN — Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini on Tuesday again said it's “business as usual around here” as his job status came up on the Big Ten teleconference.

“I think you guys are creating more speculation than anything else,” Pelini said about questions from reporters concerning his job. “We're just looking to win a football game and move along.”

The Huskers play their regular-season finale at home Friday against Iowa. There has been no comment from the NU athletic department or chancellor's office on Pelini's performance this season or on his job status.

Pelini last December was granted a one-year extension to his contract by Tom Osborne, who was just weeks from retiring as athletic director. NU Chancellor Harvey Perlman declined Tuesday to discuss when or if another extension would be discussed or his job performance evaluated.

In Osborne's letter to Pelini informing him of his extension last year, Osborne said the sixth-year head coach had received a positive performance evaluation and said the extension was “with the approval of the Chancellor.”

Other items in the contract, which originally was signed on April 8, 2011:

Ľ The contract now runs through the 2017 season to Feb. 28, 2018.

Ľ Pelini is making $2.975 million in 2013. Under terms of the 2011 agreement, that will go to $3.075 million in 2014.

Ľ Pelini is slated to receive a $150,000 bonus when the Huskers receive a bowl bid, their sixth straight under the coach.

Ľ Should Nebraska fire Pelini without cause, the university would owe him $150,000 per month through the duration of the contract. However, there is a clause for mitigated damages that would decrease those payments if Pelini were to find new employment at a certain salary level.

Ľ Osborne and Pelini signed his previous extension on Feb. 2, 2012, taking the contract through the 2016 season. That also included an amendment that changed the amount Pelini would owe the university if he resigned — to accept another college or NFL position — from $250,000 to $1 million.

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Contact the writer: Rich Kaipust    |   402-444-1042    |  

Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football and some general assignment tasks, including the College World Series and U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.



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