“If they want to fire me, go ahead,” Pelini told reporters after the Cornhuskers’ 38-17 loss to Iowa on Friday to finish the regular season 8-4.
“I believe in what I’ve done. I don’t apologize to you. I don’t apologize to anybody, myself or this staff. My record, our record since I’ve been here, speaks for itself. And this program is heading in a good direction.
“You choose not to think so, that’s your prerogative. All I know is myself, this staff, the people who have been associated with this program since I’ve been here can look themselves in the mirror and feel good about what they’ve done.”
Though Pelini is 57-24 at Nebraska, his performance has been heavily scrutinized in the wake of bad losses to UCLA and Minnesota.
GEORGIA TECH: Defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu drew high praise from Georgia coach Mark Richt leading into today’s game .
Richt said Attaochu is “as good as anybody” the Bulldogs have played at the edge rush position this season.
“And we’ve played some really good guys,” he said.
Among those are South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney, Auburn’s Dee Ford, Missouri’s Michael Sam and Kentucky’s Alvin Dupree.
“He’s in that mold,” Richt said of Attaochu. “A guy that’s not a giant. He’s about 6-2, 6-3, 240 pounds, very quick, very agile. … Just a great football player – very, very impressed with him.”
Attaochu leads the Yellow Jackets in sacks for the third consecutive year with eight, and is just three shy of the high mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
GRAMBLING STATE: Interim coach Dennis “Dirt” Winston praises his players for “making history” with their walkout last month in protest of the conditions under which they’ve been forced to train, travel and play.
Now Winston and the Tigers aim for an upset of historical proportions today when they meet arch rival Southern in the Bayou Classic.
The Jaguars (7-4, 6-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) have already won the SWAC Western Division, meaning they’ll be headed to Houston for the league title game regardless of how they hold up against Grambling (1-10, 1-7).
Winston is the third coach his players have taken direction from this season.
In three games under the current coach, the Tigers have won their first game of the season and scrapped through a pair of close losses.
“They’re getting better,” Southern coach Tyrone Odums said. “It looks like they care about what’s going on through the effort they display on the field.”