The recent transfer of Washington's Damore'ea Stringfellow to Ole Miss ruffled some feathers in Lincoln, Nebraska. Stringfellow, after leaving Washington, was briefly committed to the Cornhuskers before ultimately joining the Rebel receiving corps. This didn't sit well with a lot of folks, not the least of which was Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini.
Said Pelini on Stringfellow's change of heart, "read between the lines...I think we all know what happened in that situation."
Au contraire, Monsieur Pelini! I'm not sure "we all" do know what happened here! Why don't you come out and say it? Or are you bold enough to tacitly accuse Hugh Freeze of cheating, but still too timid to actually make such an accusation? Or, are you, like so many of the Rebels' most ardent critics, so certain of such "facts" without actually having available to you that ever-so-important detail we call "evidence?" (Pesky evidence!)
Or, perhaps I'm being too harsh. Perhaps you're being strategic in your handling of the media in this regard. I do understand that you'd like to voice your frustrations, invigorate your program's fans with an injection of moral high ground, and quell any doubt arising from the mighty Nebraska Cornhuskers having been reduced to competing against a middling SEC school for recruits (wouldn't be the first time that happened). I get that. Saying "those damn Ole Miss Rebels are passing out cash and cars, taking players who we feel entitled to, and there's not a damn thing I can do about it" doesn't look good on you.
Or, at least, I would have gotten that, if you didn't then come right out and say this:
Pelini was then asked whether it's parents making their kids' decisions for them, and whether things change when recruits return home after making a decision, and if that's frustrating.
"Especially when it's a clueless parent," Pelini said.
That definitely doesn't look good on you, Bo.
A "clueless" parent? So Damore'ea Stringfellow's mother is "clueless" now? Players who don't commit to Nebraska do so at the behest of "clueless" parenting? I'm sure that'll go over really well out on the recruiting trail this year, Coach Pelini.
Bo, here's something you need to come to terms with: the B1G ain't the Big 10 of the 1980s and 90s, and Nebraska ain't the Nebraska of the 1990's. The Rust Belt is (still) dying, Texans don't want to live farther north than Oklahoma anymore, and kids from California would rather spend their college years in the Southeast than on the Great Plains. Instead of complaining about this like a petulant child, it'd probably be best if you relax, take a deep breath, and...