Nebraska delegation avoids taking position on Pelini

Members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation were determined to steer clear of the controversy over Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini’s two-year-old, profane tirade about the team’s fans.

The senators and House members offered neither support nor condemnation for the coach.

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., said he has always taken the position that he wouldn’t weigh in on the performance of the Nebraska coach if the coach stayed out of his business as a politician.

“Football coaches are going to go through good times and bad times and times of plenty and times of drought,” Johanns said. “I just long ago decided I wouldn’t comment on their fortunes or misfortunes.”

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., said it was up to the university to decide Pelini’s fate but that she was surprised to hear the coach had complained about Husker fans.

“That’s not good if he’s going after Nebraska fans,” Fischer said. “Nebraska fans are the best in the nation.”

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., declined the opportunity to opine on the situation.

“I’m a politician, not a play-by-play analyst,” Fortenberry said.

Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., said the situation is up to the university to handle.

“It’s their baby,” Smith said.

Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., told a gathering of Nebraskans Wednesday morning that Pelini was the hot topic of conversation among his colleagues on the House floor the night before.

In an interview with the World-Herald Terry simply said of the leaked audio recording:

“Something like that doesn’t surprise me about Bo.”

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