Remember that too-quiet coach?
I am not that old, but I am old enough to remember a wild, emotional guy named Bob Devaney, who was followed by a more subdued guy named Tom Osborne.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that Husker Nation wanted to ride that subdued guy out of town on a rail because he just wasn’t getting the job done, he didn’t show any feelings and, well, he just wasn’t the wild and emotional guy.
Let’s remember the mess the Husker football program really was in and how grateful we felt when Pelini was finally brought back.
Kathy Bennett, Papillion
Was ‘born red’ but am now red-faced
I was “born red.” I have always been a Nebraska fan and always will be.
However, I never expected to be embarrassed by a Husker coach as I have been by Bo Pelini time and again. He has managed to make the Huskers the laughingstock of the college football world with his temper.
If I had a son being recruited, despite my love for the Huskers, I would have to tell him that I would not want him to play for Pelini.
Sharon Baldwin, Red Oak, Iowa
Not the role model we want for kids
Bo Pelini’s actions and conduct at the Nebraska-Iowa game were truly reprehensible and unprofessional. He is in charge of shaping young men’s lives, not only on the football field but in their personal habits and demeanor.
Who among us can feel honored knowing that these young men are being influenced by a person who is unable to demonstrate good moral values and self-discipline?
Daniel Nelson, Fremont, Neb.
He’s a passionate Italian family man
As an American man of Italian heritage, I want to publicly express my pride in Bo Pelini’s recent epiphany and redemption in dealing with fans, powers-that-be and others.
The ability to concentrate a passion for coaching and continue moving forward is his greatest strength, besides the love of his beautiful, beloved family.
P.J. Asta, Omaha
Take a look at your own screaming first
Is it not time to stop talking about Bo Pelini as if he were some ogre and start looking at what he has done with the team he had this year?
With injuries every week to his players, he managed to put together a good season that got us to a bowl game. He turned a group of boys into men who for the rest of their lives will remember what it is like to work as a team.
So Bo gets mad once in a while. Perhaps people should look at their own behavior during the game. I know that I scream at the officials.
Charlotte Anne Dorwart, Sidney, Neb.
Wouldn’t last six months in my company
I have no special skills or experience in evaluating college football coaches, so I’ll defer to the experts. I do think I am a reasonably good judge of general character and leadership.
I know Bo Pelini would not have lasted six months in my business organization with his behavior. We do not tolerate our managers acting like petulant 3-year-olds. I am shocked our standards in Nebraska have dropped so far.
Is anyone going to hold the people who negotiated his compensation package accountable for making it so prohibitively expensive to get rid of him? I’m all for setting a $500,000 cap on the next coach and seeing what someone who really believes in college sports can come in and do.
Gary Glissman, Omaha
Commanders have role in process
Amy Richardson’s opinion piece on sexual assault in the military (Dec. 2 World-Herald) is absolutely right that we can “be silent no more,” which is why I have been working with colleagues on the Armed Services Committee on a series of historic policy reforms.
These include providing victims with a special counsel, stripping commanders of the ability to overturn jury convictions and making retaliation against victims a crime.
We didn’t stop there. Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and I offered an amendment to extend these protections to service academies, boost evaluation standards for commanders, allow victims increased input and eliminate the “good soldier” defense in most cases.
I do not believe, though, that removing military commanders from the military justice system is an effective solution. Sen. McCaskill, a former sex crimes prosecutor, refers to this idea as a “seductively simple” plan, which cloaks a host of complex problems. I agree, and the experiences of our allies prove it. Our commanders have historically confronted serious problems, including racial integration, and they must play an ongoing role to ensure accountability.
These facts lead me to conclude that the committee’s reforms, along with the McCaskill-Ayotte-Fischer proposal, will best serve victims and punish perpetrators.
Deb Fischer, Valentine, Neb.
U.S. senator, R-Neb.