And he was nothing like the person you heard in the 2011 postgame rant released Monday on Deadspin.com, in which Pelini dropped several F-bombs and bashed fans for being “fair-weather.” Pelini has since apologized.
Needless to say, neither of these developments, in the wake of a tough home loss to UCLA, have been good for Pelini’s job security. He has quickly joined Texas’ Mack Brown and USC’s Lane Kiffin as coaches from brand-name programs on the hot seat just three weeks into the season. The questions now: Just how bad is it for Pelini? And how high should the expectations for this program be right now?