After two thirty-point football losses, Nebraska's athletic director Steve Pederson has been relieved of duty—but chancellor Harvey Perlman says he had made up his mind before the second laugher, a 45-14 homecoming debacle against Oklahoma State. Perlman announced that Pederson's faulty leadership, more than the win-loss record, troubled him.
Fans and alumni have been wary of Pederson since his own firing of coach Frank Solich in 1993 after the Cornhuskers went 9-3. Under his replacement, ex-Raiders coach Bill Callahan, Nebraska has gone a mediocre 8-8 so far against the rest of the Big Twelve. But it's the A.D., not the coach, who has paid. Said Callahan: "We're going to continue to lead in a very positive manner."