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Ed Orgeron makes admission about hiring of ex-DC Bo Pelini

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LSU’s hire of Bo Pelini as defensive coordinator went very poorly in 2020. On Monday, coach Ed Orgeron dropped a hint as to why it didn’t work out.

Orgeron admitted at LSU’s media day that he hadn’t even personally interviewed Pelini before hiring the former Nebraska coach as his defensive coordinator. Despite that, Orgeron said he’d have still hired Pelini even if he had interviewed him.

It’s an odd quote, and not a great look. Defensive coordinator is a hugely important position on a coaching staff, and even though Pelini came in with a solid reputation, LSU should have been doing its due diligence here. The hire didn’t work at all, as LSU’s defense gave up 492 yards per game in 2020, the fourth-worst mark in the entire FBS.

It’s not exactly a reassuring take from Orgeron considering he’s had issues with hiring assistants before. Hopefully for Tigers fans, new defensive coordinator Daronte Jones is a better fit for the program.

Bo Pelini unlikely to return as LSU defensive coordinator

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Bo Pelini is set to take the fall for LSU’s defensive frailties in 2020.

As first reported by Matt Zenitz of, Pelini is not expected to return as LSU’s defensive coordinator in 2021. Pelini just completed the first year of a three-year, $2.3 million annual contract.

The Tigers, coming off a championship season, ranked second-to-last in the SEC in both total defense and pass defense. Part of that was down to huge turnover on the defensive side of the ball, but that wasn’t enough to account for the fact that the team surrendered nearly 35 points per game. Someone simply had to go for that.

Pelini was hired to replace Dave Aranda, who had left to become the head coach at Baylor. This was a highly-touted hire, and one that coach Ed Orgeron tried to stand by as long as he could. Ultimately, the results were too awful to ignore.

Ed Orgeron backs Bo Pelini after ugly defensive performance

Ed Orgeron

Ed Orgeron backed Bo Pelini even after LSU’s defense had its second poor performance of the season.

LSU dropped to 1-2 after losing at home 45-41 to Missouri in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday.

Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak threw for 406 yards and 4 touchdowns in the game. Missouri racked up 586 yards on offense and won despite losing three fumbles.

A lot of criticism was directed at Pelini, the first-year defensive coordinator, following the defeat. Orgeron says he still believes in the former Nebraska head coach, though he says they need to be better.

This is the second time in three games that LSU’s defense surrendered over 40 points. They gave up 44 at home in a loss to Mississippi State in their first game.

Pelini was hired to replace Dave Aranda, who became Baylor’s head coach. This is Pelini’s second stint as LSU’s defensive coordinator, but it’s not off to a great start. Pelini’s task does not get any easier next week when the team visits Florida.

Report: LSU likely to name Bo Pelini defensive coordinator

Bo Pelini is reportedly headed back to Baton Rouge.

According to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, the LSU Tigers have offered Pelini their defensive coordinator job, and he is expected to accept.

LSU gets a fairly big name to replace Dave Aranda, who left the role to take the head coaching job at Baylor. Pelini, who has coached FCS Youngstown State since 2015, is no stranger to the school, having served as the team’s defensive coordinator under Les Miles from 2005-2007.

Pelini has been the leading candidate for this role seemingly since it opened up. He brings an experienced hand to a defense that will expect to be spearheading a national title contender in 2020.

Report: Bo Pelini is ‘strong candidate’ for LSU defensive coordinator job

Bo Pelini may be on his way back to prominence in a power conference.

The former Nebraska coach is a “strong candidate” to take the LSU defensive coordinator job, according to Scott Roussel of Football Scoop.

This would be a homecoming of sorts for Pelini. Prior to landing the Nebraska job, Pelini served as LSU’s defensive coordinator under Les Miles from 2005 to 2007. He is currently the head coach at FCS Youngstown State, where he is 33-28 in five seasons. Pelini would reportedly want to receive assurances that his brother Carl would take over at Youngstown State if he were to leave.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron has also spoken to former Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator Kris Richard about the position.

These coaches are vying to replace Dave Aranda, who left to become head coach at Baylor. Pelini would be a departure from Aranda’s and Orgeron’s styles, as he’s a lot more vocal and aggressive on the sidelines, but he knows the school and has a proven track record.

Four potential replacements if Lincoln Riley falters at Oklahoma

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The news of Bob Stoops’s retirement as Oklahoma football coach took everyone by surprise — and also kickstarted the rumor mill into high gear. Was 33-year-old assistant Lincoln Riley really the man the school trusted to lead one of the nation’s most prestigious football programs into the future? For now, the answer is yes, with Riley being given the job without any qualifiers or interim tags attached.

Is Riley really the long-term answer, or will Oklahoma keep one eye on the coaching carousel in the event he underwhelms? Here are a list of possible names who could wind up with the job in the next couple years if Riley falters.

1) Chip Kelly

If Riley fails to impress in his first season or two, all eyes will fall on Kelly, who has only recently joined ESPN as an analyst. Pretty much everyone agrees that his stop in Bristol is temporary.

Whatever you make of Kelly’s NFL career, his collegiate resume speaks for itself: 46-7, three top-ten finishes, and one of the most innovative and electrifying offenses at the college level in recent memory. It’s an open question whether he’d be able to recapture that magic at a different school, but pretty much any major program with a vacancy would be willing to find out, as his established record of success bests everyone else’s.

The only question would be whether Kelly would be willing to finally let go of his NFL ambitions and settle for another college job. After getting passed over for every position he interviewed for this past offseason, the answer might be yes, and he’d struggle to find a superior college opening than Oklahoma’s.

2) Les Miles


Bo Pelini has meltdown, draws two unsportsmanlike penalties in loss (Video)


Bo Pelini may have moved from Nebraska to Youngstown State, but he hasn’t changed a bit.

Pelini’s Youngstown State team lost a 24-10 fourth quarter lead and lost 27-24 to North Dakota State on Saturday. His team had a chance to tie or win, though, with possession and 30 seconds left. They didn’t, largely because Pelini couldn’t hold back his ire toward the officiating crew.


Bo Pelini calls Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst a ‘c–t’ and ‘p-ssy’

Bo-Pelini-NebraskaFormer Nebraska coach Bo Pelini ripped into Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst during a meeting with his players following his firing by the school on Nov. 30.

Two days after being fired by Nebraska, Pelini met with his players in a private meeting at a local high school. Pelini wanted to talk with his players one more time to share some thoughts with them.

In the meeting, Pelini not only expressed his fondness for his players, but he also ripped the Nebraska administration. Pelini was particularly critical of athletic director Shawn Eichorst, according to an audio recording obtained by the Omaha World-Herald.

“A guy like (Eichorst), who has no integrity, he doesn’t even understand what a core value is,” Pelini told players his players, per the World-Herald. “He hasn’t understood it from the day he got here. I saw it when I first met with the guy.

“To have core values means you have to be about something, you have to represent something that is important to you. He’s a f—— lawyer who makes policies. That’s all he’s done since he’s been here: hire people and make policies to cover his own ass.”

Eichorst was hired in 2013 to replace Tom Osborne. Pelini said he could tell from the start that that spelled his demise.

“I didn’t really have any relationship with the A.D.,” Pelini said in the meeting. “The guy, you guys saw him (Sunday), the guy is a total p—-. I mean, he is. He’s a total c—.”

Pelini said the job was taking years off his life and bad for his health. He said he really wanted to quit if it weren’t for his players and coaches.

“Let me tell you fellas, this is for real: If it wasn’t for you guys and the coaches and for their families, I would have resigned a year ago. Because there was some things that were going on that were making me miserable. And all the money in the world ain’t f—— worth that. And that’s the truth.”

This is not the first time Pelini has been burned by an audio recording. Last year he was put in a bad spot by a 2011 audio recording of him ripping ungrateful fans. Like he says, it seems like someone wanted him out. At least this time he is making his comments publicly as well as privately.

As for Nebraska, well, the school responded with a strongly-worded statement.

“If these comments were, indeed, spoken by Mr. Pelini, we are extremely disappointed, but it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska. His habitual use of inappropriate language, and his personal and professional attacks on administrators, are antithetical to the values of our university. His behavior is consistent with a pattern of unprofessional, disrespectful behavior directed by Mr. Pelini toward the passionate fans of Nebraska, employees of the university and, most concerning, our student-athletes. This behavior is not tolerated at the University of Nebraska and, among many other concerns, played a role in his dismissal.

“Any assertions that the campus or athletics administration was not supportive of our student-athletes and our football program are flat-out false and are contradicted by the facts.

“We are grateful that the new leadership in our football program is aligned with our values and will establish that you can be successful at Nebraska and that you can do it with integrity and class.”

Bo Pelini takes swipe at Nebraska

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Bo Pelini was formally introduced as the new head football coach at Youngstown State on Wednesday, and he wasted no time taking a shot at his former employer.

Pelini now works for Jim Tressel, who won a national championship at Ohio State. Tressel, the school president at Youngstown State, knows a thing or two about football. Apparently Pelini does not feel that the same can be said for Nebraska’s administration.

Whether or not you think Pelini is a good coach, the man won at least nine games in each of his seven years with the Huskers. That’s why he feels slighted.

But Bo seemed to be in a great mood on Wednesday. In fact, he even made a great joke about the infamous fake Bo Pelini Twitter account.

If you don’t follow @FauxPelini, you should. It’s one of the most popular Twitter parody accounts, and for good reason. Youngstown State’s mascot is a penguin. If you want to understand how the cat comes into play, you can read about that here.

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.