LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Tuesday he doesn't know if he'll be disciplined for his profane rant about Cornhuskers fans two years ago, adding that he expects most will continue to support him.
An audio of Pelini's tirade leaked to the website Deadspin has Big Red fans buzzing.
Pelini issued an apology in a statement Monday night and reiterated it during the Big Ten coaches' teleconference on Tuesday.
Chancellor Harvey Perlman has expressed disappointment in Pelini but declined to comment when asked if the coach would be disciplined. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst said he was "disheartened."
Pelini said he has met with Eichorst and spoken on the phone with Perlman about the audio. He did not elaborate.
The Huskers play FCS South Dakota State on Saturday in Lincoln.
"I fully anticipate coaching this weekend," Pelini said after practice. "I'm the head football coach until someone says different."
Pelini said on the teleconference he was shocked by the release of the audio, though he indicated he knew a potentially damaging audio existed.
Pelini said he might lose some fan support, but that he was confident many would understand that his comments were made during what he thought was a private conversation before his radio show after the Huskers' 34-27 win over Ohio State in October 2011.
"I think I've built up enough points with our fans over the last five years in how I've conducted myself, how I've run this program and what we've done with this program to earn some forgiveness for something that was made in a private setting," Pelini said. "People will understand this isn't how I feel about the fans. I've said it over and over."
The Deadspin audio caught Pelini speaking off air with Husker Sports Network play-by-play man Greg Sharpe and associate athletic director for community relations Chris Anderson.
Pelini criticized fans who left the stadium in the third quarter, when the Huskers trailed 27-6. Nebraska's comeback was the biggest in program history.
Pelini also used profanity while criticizing two Omaha World-Herald sports writers. Pelini had dressed down one of the writers in his postgame news conference that night for writing what he thought was an overly critical column about quarterback Taylor Martinez.