Pelini denies reports he is taking over at Youngstown State
Update (Tuesday, 11:50 p.m. ET): Bo Pelini spoke with Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans late Tuesday night and refuted reports he is accepting — or has even been offered — the Youngstown state head coaching position.
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It appears Bo Pelini's road to redemption may begin where he first planted his football roots.
According to multiple reports, the man fired last week after seven seasons at Nebraska is considering an offer to become the head coach at FCS power Youngstown State. Pelini, 46, was born in the Ohio town and went to Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown.
Footballscoop.com, the first outlet to report the story, said on Tuesday night that Pelini has been offered the job verbally and plans to accept the position with the Penguins, with an announcement expected on Thursday.
ESPN, meanwhile, cited a source as saying Pelini is considering taking the job.
Pelini was fired Nov. 30, two days after the Cornhuskers beat Iowa 37-34 in overtime to complete a 9-3 regular season. Pelini finished his career at Nebraska 67-27, leading the 'Huskers to at least nine wins in each season. On Dec. 4, Nebraska hired Oregon State head coach Mike Riley to replace Pelini, though assistant Nebraska coach Barney Cotton will serve as interim head coach for the Cornhuskers when they play USC in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 in San Diego.
Footballscoop said sources did not expect either offensive coordinator Tim Beck or defensive coordinator John Papuchis to join Pelini at Youngstown.
Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is now the president at Youngstown State.