It was a bad weekend for Nebraska coach Bo Pelini who wound up apologizing for his sideline behavior Saturday at Texas A&M. Pelini was seen berating officials after the team was penalized 16 times in a loss, and he was captured on video chewing out quarterback Taylor Martinez.
Martinez missed a team meeting on Sunday sparking widespread rumors that he had left the program (after seeing that video can you blame him?). Bo Pelini said that Martinez is still on the team and that everything has been worked out. When reached by phone on Sunday night, Martinez’s father issued a “no comment,” which doesn’t exactly bode well for Taylor’s status with the program.
What brings Martinez’s father into the conversation (aside from the likelihood that he knows of his son’s status with the program)? Some lip reading suggests Pelini was cussing at Taylor on the sidelines for supposedly calling his father during the game. Pelini said those rumors were “completely off base” when asked to comment on Monday. Bo refused to elaborate on the situation, only saying he and his quarterback are “on the same page” and that they’ve put things behind them.
Martinez may not play on Friday against Colorado because of an ankle injury, and he can’t feel too comfortable in the program. Still, it’s important to keep in mind that players get yelled at by their coaches all the time. The only question is whether or not T-Magic can (and is willing to) take it.