Early career[ edit ] Following his playing career, Pelini began his coaching career at the University of Iowa as a graduate assistant for the Iowa Hawkeyes under Hayden Fry in Following the season, Pelini was briefly employed as linebackers coach with the Detroit Drive of the Arena Football League. San Francisco 49ers[ edit ] In , Pelini got his first position in the National Football League when he was hired by San Francisco 49ers head coach George Seifert as a scouting assistant. He was quickly promoted to assistant secondary coach, and by the spring of he had been promoted again to defensive backs coach. New England Patriots[ edit ] In , Pelini was hired by New England Patriots head coach Pete Carroll , again as defensive backs coach, helping the Patriots reach the playoffs twice during his three years there. In his first year it improved to 11th and led the country in turnover margin.
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NFL Bo Pelini not exactly loved by Youngstown fans - Video Former Nebraska football head coach Bo Pelini appears set to keep his job after some rather late drama that brought some doubt into the situation.
In a sport that generally has coaches under contract years into the future in order to avoid talk about someone potentially getting replaced, the fact that Pelini and the school went down to the wire stands out. Youngstown State athletic director Ron Strollo said the two sides met for four hours on Friday to discuss the future of the program. On Saturday he made the statement that the school expects to keep Pelini on board. The wording was interesting if nothing else as he said "both sides expect the relationship to continue," meaning that there is at least a little room for movement should Youngstown State or Pelini decide to move on.
He has a total record of at the school he took over after being fired by Nebraska. In his second season, he managed to take his squad to the FCS championship game. In the two years since that appearance, the Penguins have gone including in While there were some fans who are clearly supportive of the coach, others have commented on articles about the contract talks that are less than thrilled with the way the team has performed in the last two seasons.
The same complaints were heard by Nebraska football fans near the end of his tenure in Lincoln. Former Nebraska football coach hoping to keep career alive Some fans are still taking a wait and see attitude with statements that his fifth season will be the one that really shows whether the coach is an asset to the program or not.
The questions that fans have posed, as well as at the center of the discussions between the school and the coach is just how many more years the next contract will be for. The initial four-year deal is interesting when you think about what the Nebraska football program gave Scott Frost. He hit town with a seven-year deal in two and after a season is bringing home a Top 25 recruiting class.
Of course, the resumes of the two coaches have some rather big differences. While Pelini was fired from the Nebraska football program, Frost came to town fresh off an undefeated season at Central Florida.
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