Despite being fired from his duties as Nebraska head coach earlier this month, Bo Pelini made it clear to many around college football he knows how to win football games. Over the course of eight seasons with the Cornhuskers, Pelini accumulated a career record of 67 wins and 27 losses, but lacked the signature wins the program had hoped he would bring. This key factor ultimately doomed Pelini’s tenure at Nebraska leading to his firing.
Still, Youngstown State felt Pelini brings the school the best opportunity to revamp their football program, and today made him their next head coach. The move allows Pelini to stay in the head-coaching role rather than become a defensive coordinator while also allowing him to return close to home in Northeast Ohio. Pelini had previously spent stints as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma and LSU and will be officially announced as the next head coach tomorrow.
Pelini will work hand in hand with school President Jim Tressel, who also was fired from the bright lights of the Big Ten. Tressel built Youngstown State into a national power within the Football Subdivision and Pelini could have a similar impact on the school. Pelini’s hometown ties should provide him with a major edge when persuading potential recruits to jump aboard.
The Penguins began their 2014 season with a 7-2 record before dropping their final three contests dooming their year. Still, the hot start reflects the high talent level the team possesses and Pelini should be able to elevate Youngstown State into elite status.
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