In light of yesterday's Deadspin report, which contained a recording of a 2011 (yes, 2011) expletive-filled rant by Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, Michigan coach Brady Hoke was asked on this morning's Big Ten coaches teleconference about the potential of being caught blowing off post-game steam at a bad moment.
Hoke pled ignorance to Pelini's situation.
"I don’t know what happened, to be honest with you," Hoke said. We’re trying to get ready for Connecticut. If you’re honest with these kids and honest with the work you’re doing, you focus on that and don’t worry about distractions and opinions that others may have."
Pelini said this morning he was aware of a recording that was circulating.
"I’d heard in the past there was something out there, I didn’t know what was out there," Pelini said. "I didn’t know any specifics to it. Obviously, it was a shock to me. That was a conversation that was private, during an emotional time in a private setting and it wasn’t representative of how I feel. It was a difficult time and I vented in a situation where I thought it was a private conversation. Obviously, it’s unfortunate and with it being out there, I made a statement, along with the university, saying I'm sorry.”
Pelini's rant raised a question: If players and coaches vent privately, is that sacred space?
"We have so little time to be a family," Hoke said. "Just like all of our families, there’s things that may happen or may not happen, or thing you make keep in, not an inner circle but in that family atmosphere. You’d hope it’s a space that one realizes what it’s for."
Has Hoke ever felt as if he was in an unusual situation where someone could take advantage?
"I never thought about it," Hoke said. "I couldn’t tell you."
Here's the audio of Pelini's two-year-old rant, via the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star (disclaimer: Pelini uses a lot of expletives): http://journalstar.com/audio-bo-pelini-cursing-about-fans/audio_9ebb5757-2dc7-53f9-938e-a15c8c726719.html