Nebraska gives Pelini five-year extension

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March 07, 2014 at 12:34 pm.

Bo Pelini has signed a five-year extension at Nebraska. (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports)

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini received a five-year contract extension that runs through 2018, according to CBS Sports.

Financial terms were not released.

Pelini is 58-24 in six years as the Cornhuskers’ coach. The team has won at least nine games in each of those seasons. The Cornhuskers, 9-4 last season, finished it with a 24-19 victory over Georgia in the Gator Bowl, their first bowl win since 2009.

CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel, who spent Friday in Lincoln with Pelini, wrote on Twitter: “That much-discussed contract extension Nebraska hasn’t given Bo Pelini? He got it last week. Signed it Wednesday. Five years left.”

Pelini said the contract was on his desk for a week, but he did not have time to officially sign it.

Earlier this week, athletic director Shawn Eichorst would not comment when asked if Pelini signed his usual one-year contract extension.

Pelini caused a stir in November after a 38-17 loss to Iowa when he said after the game, “If they want to fire me, go ahead. I believe in what I’ve done. I don’t apologize to you. I don’t apologize to anybody, myself or this staff.”

Pelini was also the center of controversy after a home loss to UCLA when audio from 2011 emerged of him making disparaging comments about Nebraska fans.