Found July 26, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Bo Pelini
When building a football program, coaches spend enormous amounts of time and resources recruiting players across the country. However, having a player resign from another school and show up on a coaches doorstep is a very unique situation. That situation certainly exists this offseason. Due to the violations and probations at Penn State University, every Nittany Lion football player has the option of applying to a different university to play this upcoming season. All 12 coaches voiced their opinion on the matter Thursday at the Big Ten Media Days at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. First at the podium was Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, who said that his coaching staff “would not reach out to any Penn State players.” “I’m not casting doubt on anybody or questioning anything, but we made a decision that we would not actively pursue any Penn State players. And it wasn’t anything more than I have a group of 105 players that are reporting on August 5th that I want them to understand and believe that I think they can help us win another championship. And to bring someone in at this point so close to the season, I just wasn’t comfortable with it.” Northwestern’s head coach Pat Fitzgerald added that “we had a very short and brief discussion as a coaching staff that, number one, we’re excited about our team, we’re focused on our team, and no way, shape, or form are we going to pursue, contact, or reach out to Penn State University.” Bill O’Brien at the Big Ten Media Days on Thursday at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place A few other coaches stated that they wouldn’t pursue Penn State football players, but they wouldn’t say no to a player who wanted to join their program. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say we didn’t look at the roster to some degree,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke stated, “but we’ve kind of made a decision that we’re going to stay and recruit the guys and keep our business our business.” Added Nebraska coach Bo Pelini: “We’re concentrating on our football team, the guys on our program. And, now, that isn’t to say that if there is a young man from Penn State who definitely wanted to transfer and was for sure going to leave and Nebraska was someplace that he was considering, that we wouldn’t take a look at him to see if it made sense for our program.” Head coach Jerry Kill of Minnesota stated that he has “enough problems” on his hands and just wants to move forward as a football program. “So we’re not going to do anything to go see players,” Kill said. “We don’t have enough time to do those kind of things. We’ve got to concentrate on our football team and our football program. And if a young man called us from Penn State or whatever, we’d do the proper procedures.” Mark Dantonio had somewhat of the same perception as Pelini and Kill, but gave a more in-depth analysis. “What we’ve tried to do is first acknowledge the situation. I don’t think there’s any winners when you speak to that entire situation. But at the same time, acknowledge that we have a program that we have to run and try and get better. And so what we have done is if people have contacted us, a coach, a parent, we’ve followed through. And that’s the extent of it. And if there’s people that are receptive to that and come back with us, I understand that. I’m here to create opportunities, but we’re not going to invest in going beyond that. I would want to do this with respect to Penn State in any way that I can with integrity. But at the same time, we have a job to do, and we do have relationships with some players that have gone there because we recruited them at an earlier time.” Still, other coaches said they didn’t fully understand the rules yet. “To actively go get a player on another team, I’m not sure — I really don’t understand the rules,” Ohio State’s Urban Meyer said. “I didn’t look into it. I’m not really sure of the rules with that. But as a player, a young man has a right to play wherever he wants to play. We have to keep that in mind. However, when he’s part of a team, you’re getting into a situation that I’m not quite very familiar with, and we’re not going to get very familiar with it.” Added Indiana’s Kevin Wilson: “The one rule that I don’t understand is how I can oversign and some team have more than 85 guys on scholarship and other teams don’t have that right. That’s a competitive advantage to another school.” Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz was the last to speak Thursday: “I think it’s really complex right now and very confusing, quite frankly, just what the rules are. So I think first and foremost, everybody needs to be compliant. I think after that, it’s a matter of people doing what they feel is appropriate. And that’s what we try to do as much as possible. We’ll try to continue to do the same moving forward.” Tim Beckman of Illinois and Danny Hope of Purdue weren’t shy at all about speaking their mind. “NCAA has established the rules and the guidelines and obviously because they’re strong from an ethics standpoint, and as long as we’re compliant, we’re going to exercise every opportunity we can to enhance our own football team,” Hope said. Beckman and his Illini staff actually traveled to State College and said he didn’t feel bad about it at all. “We were in State College, but we did not go on campus. We went to two establishments outside campus and called some individuals and if they wanted to come by, it was their opportunity to come by.” Finally, the one man who is on the negative side of this is first-year Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien, although he doesn’t see it that way. “I see it as an opportunity,” O’Brien said. “I see it as a little bit of adversity that we need to overcome. I talked to them (his players) about their commitment to each other. I talked to them about the bond that they’ve formed with this football staff, a fantastic staff that cares about their players, good teachers, good men, good fathers. I talked to them about adversity. And the measure of a man is how you overcome adversity. I talked to them about without a shadow of a doubt they’re going to be able to play six to seven Bowl games per year in front of 108,000 screaming fans in Beaver Stadium and I expect it to be 108,000 fans in Beaver Stadium. I talked to them about this staff and our ability to develop these guys for the National Football League. I told them this staff isn’t going anywhere and we’re committed to the 2012 football team.” It will be interesting to see if any of the other Penn State football players are actually wearing a different uniform this fall. I anticipate that most players will stay at Penn State due to intense school loyalty. What do you think?

Nebraska's alternate uniforms revealed?

Below appears to be Adidas new alternative jersey for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. This video was posted by adidasFootballUS on Thursday. It certainly is… red. I like the white outlined numbers and the black helmets. Those socks will be the envy of 14-year-old girls across the country. I wish there was something that broke up the jersey from the pants. On the whole, it is a...

Pelini says Jackson is in shape

Former four-star cornerback Charles Jackson hasn't played football since January of 2011, but Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini says he looks good.

Fox Sports NEXT: Pelini 1-on-1

Fox Sports NEXT's Beth Long previews the Huskers 2011 season with Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini.

Husker Twitter ban is in effect

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini confirmed his program is done tweeting - for at least now.

Huskers extend offer to 2014 CB

The Nebraska staff has been busy recruiting 2014 kids a lot earlier in the process this year than they have in recent years under Bo Pelini. It’s a level of effort that should pay dividends. It has already to some extent with this ’14 recruit who says that he will visit Nebraska this year.

Stafford ready to make the jump

Nebraska senior safety Daimion Stafford is ready to make a jump in his game, according to head coach Bo Pelini.

Big Ten Media Day 2 donuts

For the second straight day, Nebraska's Bo Pelini and crew fielded questions from Big Ten Reporters in Chicago.
Cornhuskers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.