Nebraska coach Bo Pelini got a vote of confidence from athletic director Shawn Eichorst on Saturday, a day after ending the regular season with a 38-17 loss to visiting Iowa.
Eichorst, in his first season, said sixth-year coach Pelini's job is safe for now.
"My approach has always been not to comment publicly about our coaches until their full seasons are complete, as I strongly believe it is unfair and counter to best practices," Eichorst said in the statement. "However, given the volume of unfounded speculation and conjecture about our head football coach, I want to reaffirm what I have said many times since I arrived at the University of Nebraska -- that I positively respect, appreciate and support our football student-athletes, coaches and staff, as we do everyone in the Husker family.
"We very much look forward to our upcoming bowl game and Coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future."
The Cornhuskers are 8-4 and will find out Dec. 8 which bowl game they will play. Pelini, 45, is 57-24 since coming to Nebraska in 2008 and his teams won nine or 10 games his first five seasons.
Speculation about his future at Nebraska has swirled since September when audio of him criticizing Cornhuskers fans two years ago surfaced.
Losses against UCLA, Minnesota and Michigan State fueled rumors about his job security. Then on Friday, Nebraska lost to Iowa at home for the first time since 1943.
"They want to fire me, go ahead," Pelini said Friday. "I believe in what I've done. I don't apologize for what I've done. I don't apologize to you. I don't apologize to anybody."
Eichorst's statement Saturday marked the first time he commented on Pelini's job status this season.