Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini said on Sports Nightly that he won’t be satisfied “until we win ’em all,” but offered a matter-of-fact response Wednesday night to a caller questioning whether the Husker program was going in the right direction.
“If that isn’t the right direction, then you have a conversation with (NU Athletic Director) Shawn Eichorst and they’re free to go in another direction,” Pelini said.
“But until that happens, I’m going to keep coaching the best I possibly can and do everything I can for these kids, because that’s why I’m in this business. That’s what I do.
“I’m going to do everything I possibly can for these kids and try to give it my best every day. I can tell you this: I can look myself in the mirror because I work my tail off at my job and I have a lot of pride in what I do.”
Nebraska slipped to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten after the 59-24 loss at Wisconsin last Saturday. The Huskers host Minnesota on Saturday.
Pelini said his team has been very quiet and businesslike starting this week.
“I think they were hurting earlier in the week,” Pelini said. “I don’t know if they’re mad, but I think they’re looking forward to the game, obviously.”
Reflecting on the collapse in Madison, Pelini said “it’s hard to pinpoint why we made some of the errors we did,” particularly on defense as Badgers tailback Melvin Gordon ran for an FBS-record 408 yards.
“The amount of times we were out of position and some of the errors we made, it’s hard to put your finger on why. Why did we do that?” Pelini said. “Because it’s not something we’ve been doing all year.”
Not long after the caller questioning the direction of the program, the final caller Wednesday night sympathized with Pelini and asked when he might tire of the questions from fair-weather fans and move on.
“I can tell you this, I appreciate your call and I’m going to keep working as hard as I can,” he said.
Also on Wednesday night:
>> Pelini said I-back Ameer Abdullah felt good coming out of the Wisconsin game. “He’s still not 100 percent, but I don’t know that he’ll be 100 percent the rest of the year.”
>> Pelini said defensive end Randy Gregory has been “full-go all week” after leaving Saturday’s game with an ankle injury. Also, linebacker Marcus Newby is back practicing after not making the Wisconsin trip.
>> Pelini said NU has trust in both Ryker Fyfe and Johnny Stanton when asked if there would ever be any consideration to replacing starting quarterback Tommy Armstrong. “At the end of the day, you have to go with who you think gives you your best chance of winning the football game. Go with that, and if it changes, it changes.”
>> After a caller told Pelini that he is “becoming the show” with his sideline demeanor and that it needs to change, there was a long pause before Pelini responded: “OK. Appreciate the info.”