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Pelini doesn't figure on firing

Nebraska’s Bo Pelini apologizes again for a 2011 rant.

Nebraska’s Bo Pelini apologizes again for a 2011 rant.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Tuesday that he doesn't know if he'll be disciplined for his profane rant two years ago about Cornhuskers fans, adding he expects most will continue to support him.

An audio of Pelini's tirade leaked to the website Deadspin has Big Red fans buzzing. Pelini issued an apology in a statement Monday night and reiterated it Tuesday in a teleconference.

Chancellor Harvey Perlman has expressed disappointment in Pelini but declined to comment when asked if the coach would be disciplined. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst said he was "disheartened."

Pelini said he has met with Eichorst and spoken on the phone with Perlman about the audio.

"I fully anticipate coaching this weekend," Pelini said after practice. "I'm the head football coach until someone says different."

Pelini was confident many would understand that his comments were made during what he thought was a private conversation before his radio show after the Huskers' 34-27 win over Ohio State in October 2011.

Also, Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez missed practice, putting his availability for Saturday's game in question.

Pryor hurt by Buckeyes: Terrelle Pryor told the Columbus Dispatch he has "moved on" from his fractured relationship with Ohio State, which banned the quarterback from any contact with the school's athletic program. "That's my school, but they don't really accept me," said Pryor, now a starter with the NFL's Raiders. He received a five-year ban from the school in 2011 after a lengthy NCAA investigation, which looked into players trading signed memorabilia, trophies and championship rings to a tattoo parlor owner for services. Although his actions led to NCAA sanctions for Ohio State and the ouster of then-Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel, Pryor still is resentful about his exit from the university. "Those guys kicked me out of school after all those things I did for them," he said.

Book denial: Two members of Missouri's governing board said they did not order Coach Gary Pinkel to dismiss a star running back after the player's 2010 arrest on sexual assault charges, contradicting an account by the player's mother in a new book. Derrick Washington was kicked out days before his senior season after the accusations by a tutor. Washington's mother was interviewed for The System, a book released Tuesday and written by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.

GameDay to pay I-AA team a visit: This weekend, ESPN is taking its popular College GameDay show to Fargo, N.D., home of North Dakota State, back-to-back Division I-AA champions who own a road victory against Kansas State this season. But some Bison fans complain that the show will set up in front of the city's historic Fargo Theatre instead of the team's home, the Fargodome. It's the fourth time GameDay has visited a I-AA team, the last time in 2008 at Florida A&M.

Other sports

Basketball: Clark Kellogg and Greg Anthony are switching roles for CBS's coverage. Anthony will serve as the lead game analyst alongside Jim Nantz, while Kellogg is returning to the network's studio show. Kellogg will still call games during the regular season. … Mississippi State guard Jalen Steele said he is ending his injury-riddled career but will stay in school. … Arizona, Duke, Alabama and Rutgers are the hosts for the first round of the eight-team NIT Season Tip-Off, which starts Nov. 18. … Former Indiana guard Devan Dumes was found not guilty of attempted murder, carjacking and two other counts, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Soccer: Tampa's women rose four spots to No. 5 in the Division II coaches' poll. The Spartans (5-0) have outscored opponents 27-0 with Cici Gonzalez (Steinbrenner High), Shannon Walisch (Palm Harbor) and Gabby Russo leading with four goals each. The Tampa men (2-0-1) jumped two spots to No. 18.

Volleyball: Host Florida (9-1), ranked fourth in the coaches' poll, beat No. 17 Florida State (6-4) in a sweep, 25-20, 26-24, 25-23.

Pelini doesn't figure on firing 09/17/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:15am]
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