Nebraska's Bo Pelini had a few minutes to cool off when he appeared at the news conference after Saturday night's loss to Texas in the Big 12 championship game, but it was obvious that he was still steamed about the officials' decision to put one second back on the clock, which allowed the Longhorns to kick the winning field goal.
Moments earlier, Pelini and his brother, defensive coordinator Carl Pelini, each had an outburst in the tunnel leading to the Cornhusker locker room. According to Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald, Carl twice turned and screamed back toward the field, "You should be ashamed to accept that trophy!"
Bo was looking for Nebraska assistant athletic director Marc Boehm as he neared the locker room door.
"Marc, I want to see [Big 12 head of officiating] Walt Anderson in there right [expletive] now!" Pelini shouted.
"BCS!" Pelini said as he entered the locker room. "That's why they make that call!"
Chatelain wrote that from outside the locker room doors, one word could be heard loudest: "Cheaters!"
While this was going on, athletic director Tom Osborne was back at midfield, looking for Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe.
Osborne, according to another World-Herald reporter, eventually found Beebe talking with assistant commissioner Ed Stewart around the 40-yard line.
Chatelain writes: "As Osborne reached Beebe, the commissioner extended his hand. But Osborne didn't shake it. Osborne pointed at Beebe and said, 'Would you go see Bo? Right now?'
"By then, Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman had come on to the field. Perlman and Osborne walked with Beebe off the field and down a stadium tunnel.
"The three exchanged no words on the walk. Down the tunnel, Osborne walked three steps in front of Beebe and Perlman walked to Beebe's right.
"As Osborne walked, the World-Herald asked if Nebraska would appeal any part of the game. His answer: 'I don't know.' "
Beebe and Pelini eventually met after the presser, and Beebe said the conversation was private.
Thanks to the Midwest Correspondent.