Bo Pelini

Bo Pelini was fired after the 2014 season but was still receiving buyout payments from Nebraska through this month.

LINCOLN — Bo Pelini is off the books.

A Nebraska athletic department official confirmed Wednesday that the final monthly severance payment of $128,009 went out this week to the former Husker coach. Pelini has now received $6.54 million from NU, which doesn’t have any former coaches or athletic directors left on its payroll.

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Nebraska paid off Mike Riley in December 2017 with a lump sum of $6,253,393 after Riley took a job at Oregon State. Then in June 2018, former Husker Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst took a job with Texas and received a lump sum of $762,439.

Pelini, whose payout was mitigated by his salary as Youngstown State’s coach, was the last of the coaches on the monthly severance program. So even though he’d been fired in late 2014, he stayed on the Husker payroll until this month.

For the moment, Nebraska is free and clear of severance obligations. But a decision about men’s basketball coach Tim Miles looms.

Miles’ buyout would be $2.52 million, potentially mitigated by the salary of a new coaching job. Miles’ assistants have contracts through 2020 and would also be due buyouts mitigated by the salaries of new coaching jobs.

On a podcast in mid-February, Miles joked with a national reporter about receiving a payout if he’s fired.

“I’m still a millionaire. I’ve got that going for me,” Miles said, an apparent reference to Bill Murray’s “Caddyshack” character.

Miles apologized for the remark later in the week.

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