University of Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini says he knew "something" was out there, but he didn't know what it was and was shocked when it was released Monday. Pelini was referring to secretly-recorded audio of a private conversation he had in which he went into a profanity-laced tirade against fans and two newspaper reporters after the Ohio State game in 2011.
His first spoken remarks on the recording came during the weekly Big Ten Conference coaches call with the media. Pelini called his comments "unfortunate" and said he's "sorry" for them. Pelini said he had met with athletic director Shawn Eichorst and talked on the phone with chancellor Harvey Perlman. When asked if he expected to be disciplined, Pelini said he didn't know.
The audio was released Monday on the sports website Deadspin.
Pelini released a statement last night apologizing for the comments directed toward the fans and saying they don't represent how he truly feels. In a written statement, Eichorst said he was "disheartened and disappointed" by Pelini's recorded comments. Also in a statement, Perlman said he too was "disappointed" and had talked with Eichorst about "addressing the issue."
Listen to Pelini's remarks about the incident this morning on the conference call in this audio clip.