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Remembering his roots

As his team works toward Friday’s game with Iowa, Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini took some time today to recall the time he spent on the Iowa campus as a graduate assistant coach on Hayden Fry’s staff.
Pelini worked at Iowa in 1991, a year after he completed his undergraduate work at Ohio State.
While he made his mark as an assistant on the defensive side of the ball, he spent his time at Iowa working with the offense.
“It was enjoyable experience and working on the offensive side of the ball was a great experience for me,” Pelini said.
The fourth-year Cornhuskers coach recalled working with Fry and his longtime assistants, rattling off the names of Bill Brashier, Don Patterson, Bobby Elliott, Ted Gill and Carl Jackson, who he would later work with again on the staff of the San Francisco 49ers.
Iowa’s other graduate assistant that season was Mark Stoops and another former Hawkeye, Mike Stoops, was a volunteer on that staff.
“It was a good staff to be around, a group of excellent coaches, and I was able to learn a lot from them,” Pelini said. “I left there with a lot of respect for coach Fry. He is a great football coach and a tremendous man. He was a very creative coach and did it his way, a very unique guy.”

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