Pelini just doesn't have the "management" skills to be leading a Top10 program IMO.
He's a good motivator, and that's about all that he's got going for him. He's not good with the media, not good with the fans, not good at recruiting, and even his defense (which is supposed to be his specialty) is sometimes questionable.
Different Tiger fan, but we played his Nebraska teams. I'd echo what others have said: good DC, not great as a HC. He's not especially well-liked in Nebraska, partly because of his abrasive personality. Not sure how he gets on with players either. He's a hothead, and so is his brother Carl.
You could do worse, but you could definitely do better too.
6 years after McFadden & Jones completely confused & destroyed Pelini's LSU defense with the Wildcat offense, Wisconsin ran a much simpler version last weekend and simply destroyed Nebraska. Not very encouraging. I would think UT could do better.
Tubberville really is the correct choice at this point. Not some Big East coach c'mon man!! I liked Pelini at LSU I liked his fire but he never had a nuclear meltdown the way he did a few years ago, it was so monumental I lost respect for him, I am also not into people who hire family. Get ready for The Brothers Pelini Psychosis Show if he is hired. I think he is so intense and rides his guys so hard that they just cannot keep up the mental energy and give in at some point. Like their total arse kicking by a shotty Wisky team Pelini did have great blitz packages at LSU loved him for that and always aggressive on D