The University of Nebraska has had enough of the discussion surrounding the leaked 2011 audio of coach Bo Pelini.
Nebraska issued a statement Wednesday, saying that "we are ready to put the matter to rest," and that the university felt that Pelini was sincere in his Monday evening apology. And yes, Pelini will not be punished.
"Former Director of Athletics Tom Osborne became aware of these comments and the existence of a recording more than a year ago, and addressed the matter with Coach Pelini," the statement said. "We have observed, and many others have commented, that Coach Pelini’s demeanor has significantly improved since the time of this incident.
"Coach Pelini has given us his assurance that he understands the seriousness and inappropriateness of his comments. We believe he is sincere in his apology and in his regret."
Audio was sent to Deadspin on Monday of Pelini's comments following a 2011 comeback win against Ohio State, when Pelini, through the midst of expletives, was not complimentary of Nebraska fans who had left early while Nebraska trailed by three scores. On Saturday, Nebraska blew a 21-3 lead to lose to UCLA 41-21.
Now that Pelini has apologized and the university is ready to get on to other things -- and that Pelini's job is seemingly not in danger because of the incident -- are Nebraska fans themselves ready to move on? The furor may die down this week, but if Nebraska loses anytime soon, gasoline could be poured on these smoldering embers.
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