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Bo Pelini (left) was Frank Solich's defensive coordinator in 2003. Solich was fired after six seasons following that season.

MAJOR MILESTONES

* Dec. 13, 1967: Mark "Bo" Pelini is born to Anthony and Mary Catherine Pelini in Youngstown, Ohio.

* Dec. 2, 2002: Nebraska head coach Frank Solich fires defensive coordinator Craig Bohl, secondary coach George Darlington and rush ends coach Nelson Barnes.

* Dec. 23, 2002: Pelini is named Nebraska's defensive coordinator.

* Aug. 30, 2003: In Pelini's debut as defensive coordinator, the Huskers shut down No. 24 Oklahoma State 17-7 in Lincoln.

* Nov. 29, 2003: Nebraska fires Solich following the 2003 regular-season finale, a 31-22 victory at Colorado.

* Nov. 30, 2003: Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson names Pelini interim head coach.

* Dec. 15, 2003: The Huskers hold a players-only meeting to discuss how to voice their concerns that Pelini had not been the named Solich's permanent replacement.

* Dec. 29, 2003: As interim head coach, Pelini coaches the Huskers to a 17-3 victory against Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl.

* Jan. 9, 2004: Nebraska announces Bill Callahan as the new head football coach.

* Jan. 17, 2004: Pelini joins the Oklahoma staff as co-defensive coordinator.

* Feb. 10, 2005: Pelini is hired by Les Miles as LSU's defensive coordinator.

* Oct. 15, 2007: Pederson is fired as Nebraska's AD.

* Oct. 16, 2007: Nebraska names legendary former coach Tom Osborne interim athletic director.

* Nov. 24, 2007: Osborne fires Callahan and his staff after Nebraska finishes 5-7.

* Dec. 2, 2007: Pelini is named the 28th head coach in Nebraska history.

* Jan. 1, 2009: Pelini coaches Nebraska to a 26-21 victory against Clemson in the Gator Bowl, just days after returning from his father's funeral in Ohio.

* March 30, 2009: Nebraska gives Pelini a raise to $1.8 million after the Huskers finish 9-4 in his first season as head coach.

* Dec. 5, 2009: Leading No. 3 Texas 12-10 in the Big 12 Championship Game, NU loses when officials put one second back on the clock, allowing the Longhorns to kick a game-winning field goal.

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* Dec. 30, 2009: Pelini proclaims "Nebraska is back and we're here to stay!" after the Huskers shut out No. 22 Arizona 33-0 in the Holiday Bowl.

* Nov. 20, 2010: TV cameras catch Pelini berating quarterback Taylor Martinez, along with other players and officials, on the sideline during a 9-6 loss to Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

* Nov. 21, 2010: University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor Harvey Perlman criticizes Pelini's sideline behavior at the A&M game.

* Nov. 22, 2010: Pelini opens his weekly news conference with an apology for his behavior in College Station.

* Oct. 8, 2011: After Nebraska's 34-27, come-from-behind victory against Ohio State at Memorial Stadium, Pelini makes derogatory remarks about Nebraska fans who left the game early, comments that are secretly recorded.

* Nov. 12, 2011: Following a 17-14 victory against Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania, Pelini says in postgame comments he felt the game — which was played after child sex-assault charges against former Nittany Lion assistant coach Jerry Sandusky were made public — should not have been played.

* Dec. 13, 2012: Osborne, as outgoing AD, gives Pelini a contract extension, which Perlman signs off on, through the 2017 season.

* April 6, 2013: Nebraska fans and the world are introduced to Jack Hoffman, a 7-year-old battling brain cancer, when the Atkinson boy runs for a 69-yard touchdown during Nebraska's spring game at Memorial Stadium. "Jack was pretty hard to beat," Pelini said after the game. Hoffman is later added to the Huskers' official team roster.

* Sept. 16, 2013: Two days after a loss to UCLA, audio of Pelini's 2011 rant is released by Deadspin.com. Pelini, later that day, issues an apology for the 2-year-old remarks.

* Sept. 18, 2013: Perlman and athletic director Shawn Eichorst say in a joint statement they believe Pelini's apology was sincere and are ready to put the audiotape matter to rest. Osborne issues a statement the same day, offering his support of Pelini.

* Nov. 29, 2013: Following a 38-17 loss to Iowa to close the regular season with an 8-4 record, Pelini criticizes the officiating and comments on his job security:

“If they want to fire me, go ahead. I believe in what I've done. I don't apologize for what I've done. I don't apologize to you, I don’t apologize to anybody (for) myself or this staff. Our record since I've been here speaks for itself. And this program's heading in a good direction. If you choose not to think so, that's your prerogative. All I know is that myself, the staff, the people who have been associated with this program since I've been here can look at themselves in the mirror and feel good about what they've done."

* Nov. 30, 2013: Eichorst issues a statement backing Pelini. "We very much look forward to our upcoming bowl game and Coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future," the statement concludes.

* Jan. 1, 2014: Huskers defeat No. 23 Georgia in the Gator Bowl, with the help of the longest TD pass in school history.

* Sept. 27, 2014: Nebraska defeats Illinois 45-14 to start the season 5-0 for the second time in the Pelini era.

* Nov. 15, 2014: NU gives up 408 rushing yards — at the time an NCAA record — to Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon in a 59-24 loss.

* Nov. 28, 2014: Nebraska defeats Iowa 37-34 in overtime, giving the Huskers their seventh straight nine-win season.

* Nov. 30, 2014: Pelini is fired.

* Dec. 16, 2014: Named head coach at Youngstown State.

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