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Firing Bo Pelini, staff cost Nebraska almost $8.5M

Firing Bo Pelini, staff cost Nebraska almost $8.5M
Published On: Sat, Jun 04
Sep 19, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) is pressured by Miami Hurricanes linebacker Tyriq McCord (17) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Parting ways with Bo Pelini and the rest of his Husker football coaching staff after the 2014 season cost Nebraska close to $8.5 million when tallying the final money paid to his assistants.

According to recent information provided to The World-Herald by the university, the assistant coaches were compensated a final total of $1,941,501 before the last of their contracts expired.

NU is still making monthly payments of $128,009 to Pelini that will continue until February 2019, a figure that was adjusted just over a year ago when he signed his first contract after becoming head coach at Youngstown State. The final buyout for Pelini will cover almost $6.54 million, with mitigated earnings lowering that from around the original $7.9 million.

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