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Pelini sour in recruiting defeat: 'They were very mad'

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07:36 AM ET 01.28 | Heading into the weekend, wide receiver Dominic Walker switched his pledge from Nebraska to Auburn. It was hard for Walker to make that call to Nebraska on Friday, but he knew he had to do it. ... Even his mom was afraid for him when he made the call to head coach Bo Pelini and his staff on Friday. "It was a very tough decision. They were [mad]. They were very mad. But I thought I had to call them like a real man should," Walker said. "But yeah, they were mad. Coach Pelini said, 'Best of luck, you're going to need it.'" Wide receivers coach Rich Fisher also was in on the call. Wide receivers coach Rich Fisher also was in on the call. "Coach Fisher said, 'I can't believe you,'" Walker said. "It was really awkward."

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January 28, 2013  07:45 AM ET

The kid showed some class with the call. Nebraska-not so much.

January 28, 2013  08:19 AM ET

There is a new maharajah in Pankot Palace. The evil is spreading again.

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January 28, 2013  09:35 AM ET

Tough spot for Pellini and Fisher; NCAA rules prohibit them from discussing any recruit prior to the signing of a LOI. The kid can shade the story anyway he wants, and the Nebraska coaches have to take it.

January 28, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

There is a new maharajah in Pankot Palace. The evil is spreading again.

Are we at the Temple of Doom, yet?

January 28, 2013  09:43 AM ET

Why would you ever say "you will need it" it is like he is Gyp from boardwalk Empire "Bone for Tuna"

January 28, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Are we at the Temple of Doom, yet?

We're getting close! You...don't believe me? You will, Dr. DearBORN!

January 28, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Great journalism. Kid had his scholarship offer pulled after he took an unannounced trip to Auburn. Do not what he was calling the Nebraska coaches for??

January 28, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Tough spot for Pellini and Fisher; NCAA rules prohibit them from discussing any recruit prior to the signing of a LOI. The kid can shade the story anyway he wants, and the Nebraska coaches have to take it.

does anybody have a hard time imagining that Pellini would throw a tantrum in this situation?

January 28, 2013  10:11 AM ET

The recruit chose Auburn because they probably told him that he wouldn't have to take classes and would receive a stipend each week.

January 28, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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does anybody have a hard time imagining that Pellini would throw a tantrum in this situation?

I was going to say I have never heard of him throwing a tantrum, but then I remembered how he and his brother reacted after that championship game against Texas.

January 28, 2013  10:29 AM ET

Stay classy Pelini!

January 28, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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The kid showed some class with the call. Nebraska-not so much.

All Bo Pelini does is yell at his players all the time. (Have you ever seen him calm on the sidelines during a game)? Why would any player want that? Pelini's tool, and staying classy with his "good luck, you're going to need it". WTF is that? (It's Pelini staying classy). Isn't Auburn a top program? Haven't they won a Championship more recently then Nebraska? Pelini is a tool, and I would never play for him.

January 28, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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The recruit chose Auburn because they probably told him that he wouldn't have to take classes and would receive a stipend each week.

No, in reality, the recruit probably saw game footage of Pelini yelling uncontrollably at his own players for every second of a game. That's all he does. The recruit wisely decided he wanted none of that. As far as not taking classes at Auburn, that just exposes you as an idiot. Also, all college football players get stipends. Nebraska players, too. Time to reacquaint yourself with reality. Also, isn't the coach from Auburn's Championship season now back at Auburn as the Head Coach? Yes he is, so why deal with Pelini? No sane person would.

January 28, 2013  11:15 AM ET

Damn shame when the recruit shows more maturity than the coaches...

January 28, 2013  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

We're getting close! You...don't believe me? You will, Dr. DearBORN!

Isn't the Temple of Doom located in Tuscaloosa?

January 28, 2013  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Isn't the Temple of Doom located in Tuscaloosa?

No. It's in Knoxville and doubles as City Hall.

January 28, 2013  12:39 PM ET
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All Bo Pelini does is yell at his players all the time. (Have you ever seen him calm on the sidelines during a game)? Why would any player want that? Pelini's tool, and staying classy with his "good luck, you're going to need it". WTF is that? (It's Pelini staying classy). Isn't Auburn a top program? Haven't they won a Championship more recently then Nebraska? Pelini is a tool, and I would never play for him.

When was the last time you saw a player yell back at his coach, be allowed in on the next plays, and then after the game talk about what a great coach his has and he would do anything for him? Maybe instead of watching the antics on the sidelines, you should read what his players have to say about him.
This wide receiver will need luck going to Auburn, no doubt about it, and Bo did what he always does, he gives people his real thoughts, even if they don't look good on a Hallmark card.

 
January 28, 2013  01:36 PM ET
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Damn shame when the recruit shows more maturity than the coaches...

Exactly, but then again, you are talking about Bo Pelini.

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