Osborne Set to Pick Pelini as Nebraska Coach

LSU coordinator gets the nod over former Husker hero Turner Gill
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2007 10:23 PM CST
Buffalo's head coach Turner Gill appears on the sidelines during NCAA football action against Rutgers, Aug. 30, in Piscataway, N.J. ESPN is reporting that LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini has beaten...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini will be named Nebraska's head football coach early next week, reports ESPN, citing multiple sources. Pelini has a tie to the Cornhuskers, for whom he was defensive coordinator in 2003. Pelini and University of Buffalo coach and former Husker QB Turner Gill reportedly were interim athletic director Tom Osborne's finalists to replace Bill Callahan, who was fired Saturday.

The announcement won't come until Monday, at the earliest, because Pelini has a prior commitment, with LSU playing in the SEC Championship game tomorrow against Tennessee. In addition to jobs at several major college programs, he also spent eight years in the NFL. He would actually take over for Osborne, who is currently on the recruiting trail as Nebraska's interim coach. (Read more Nebraska Cornhuskers stories.)