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Bo Pelini reportedly will become head coach at Youngstown State

Bo-Pelini-NebraskaBo Pelini may not be out of work for long.

Pelini was fired as head coach at Nebraska less than two weeks ago, and now Football Scoop is reporting that the Ohio native will become Youngstown State’s next head coach.

Football Scoop says Pelini plans to accept the job once it is formally offered. They say the announcement could come as early as Wednesday or Thursday.

Pelini is from Youngstown and played college ball at Ohio State. He spent the early part of his coaching career as a defensive assistant in the NFL, and his first major college job came as the defensive coordinator at Nebraska in 2003. Pelini also had stints as a co-defensive coordinator for Oklahoma and as defensive coordinator at LSU from 2005-2007 before becoming Nebraska’s head coach.

Pelini was fired on Nov. 30 after leading the Cornhuskers to a 9-3 season. Pelini went 9-4 three times and 10-3 three times as Nebraska’s head coach. He may have fallen out of favor at Nebraska after a 2011 audio recording of him ripping the program’s fans was released last year.

This should be a sweet deal for Youngstown State; they will get a high-quality coach for not a ton of money. Nebraska may also be disappointed with the move, too. Whatever Pelini makes moving forward will count against the money the school owes him, so they were probably hoping he would get a high-paying job.

Youngstown State is an FCS program and has won four national championships, all under former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who is currently the school’s president.

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