Bo Pelini rips into Nebraska after firing -- and Nebraska strikes back

Audio surfaces of former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini's profanity-laced comments about school's athletic director

So, Bo Pelini, tell us how you feel about your former bosses at Nebraska.

Not that much of it will be suitable for print -- at least not the really entertaining parts -- but, please, tell us anyway.

Pelini did just that on Dec. 2, two days after being fired from his post despite going 66-27 in seven seasons with the Cornhuskers.

Well, actually, Pelini's lengthy, expletive-filled rant about athletic director Shawn Eichorst and other Nebraska officials (but mainly Eichorst) wasn't meant for our ears.

But an audio recording from what was supposed to be a private meeting with his former players was released Wednesday -- the same day Pelini was introduced as the new head coach at Youngstown State -- by the Omaha World-Herald. 

Pelini calls Eichorst a p-word and a c-word -- and that's just in the first minute -- and drops f-bombs everywhere in describing his relationship with the athletic director, which Pelini says was basically nonexistent.

The coach described his final conversation with Eichorst:

"I said, 'Hey bud, you can't support somebody underneath a ... rock.' I said, 'To do your job at this level, at a place like this, you gotta be a grown ... man to lead something.' I said, 'You can't lead anything under a ... rock.' I said, 'You don't spend any time with us. Our players don't even know who you are.' And I said, 'That isn't leadership.'"

And here's another great shot at Eichorst and company:

"Look who he circles himself with. Look at his team of people. C'mon, man. I’d rather ... work at McDonald’s than work with some of those guys. Not that there's anything bad about working at McDonald’s.

There's a lot more. You can hear most of the 30-plus minute diatribe here, but remember there's tons of profanity.

But Nebraska had plenty to say about its ex-coach as well in a lengthy statement of its own, released soon after the university had received a transcript of Pelini's comments. There's no curse words, but it's still pretty scathing.

Here's an excerpt:

If these comments were, indeed, spoken by Mr. Pelini, we are extremely disappointed, but it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska. His habitual use of inappropriate language, and his personal and professional attacks on administrators, are antithetical to the values of our university. His behavior is consistent with a pattern of unprofessional, disrespectful behavior directed by Mr. Pelini toward the passionate fans of Nebraska, employees of the university and, most concerning, our student-athletes. This behavior is not tolerated at the University of Nebraska and, among many other concerns, played a role in his dismissal.

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