With seven straight winning seasons and four career bowl wins with Nebraska, Pelini instantly becomes one of the hottest coaching candidates in all of football.
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Nebraska Cornhuskers Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst announced early Sunday morning that head coach Bo Pelini has been dismissed from his duties. The announcement comes two days after an overtime win over the Iowa Hawkeyes to give the Cornhuskers their 7th consecutive season of nine wins or more.
Pelini first coached the Cornhuskers for the Alamo Bowl in 2003 as the interim head coach, but was not brought on as the full-time coach despite winning the Bowl game against the Spartans. His replacement, Bill Callahan, was fired in 2007 and Pelini was hired nine days later.
In his first three seasons with Nebraska, Pelini led the Cornhuskers to three Big XII North division titles and a 29-12 overall record with two bowl wins (2009 Gator Bowl over Clemson, 2009 Holiday Bowl over Arizona). In 2011 Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference and Pelini’s success continued, going 47-15 and winning the Big Ten Legends division title in 2012. The Cornhuskers won the 2014 Gator Bowl over #23 Georgia, giving Pelini his 4th career Bowl game win.
But in 2014, the team was unable to beat either Wisconsin or Minnesota, losing out on a chance to compete for the Big Ten championship.
Pelini has also coached on the NFL level, serving as a DBs coach for the San Francisco 49ers when they won Superbowl XXIX, and a LBs assistant for the Patriots and Packers from 1997 to 2002.