Cat-friendly Bo Pelini welcomes Maryland to Big Ten

Cat-friendly Bo Pelini welcomes Maryland to Big Ten
July 29, 2014, 11:15 am
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If nothing else, Maryland now has a nod of approval from the most cat-friendly coach in the Big Ten.

Nebraska head man Bo Pelini, who has a famous Internet alter-ego and played up that persona by bringing a cat onto the field at the start of the Cornhuskers spring game, knows what it will be like for Maryland in 2014.

“I found myself in that position here a couple years ago and understand what they’re going through and the challenges that are out in front of those two programs,” said Pelini on Monday at Big Ten media day in Chicago, as aired on BTN.

Pelini’s Nebraska program moved to the Big Ten from the Big 12 in 2011. While the Cornhuskers and Terrapins won’t meet this season, Pelini was complimentary of the program.

“I know they’re an extremely well-coached football team,” he said. “We’ve recruited against them some. I know that they do a good job on the recruiting front and I believe … it’s a program that is up-and-coming.

“It has a very good talent base. They recruit well and, like I said, I know a number of their guys on their coaching staff. They do a heck of a job as far as how they coach, the detail they coach with. I think they’re a tremendous addition to our conference.”

Maryland and Nebraska won’t meet until 2016 when the Terrapins head to Lincoln on Nov. 19 of that year. That could be many cat sightings from now.

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