By RON MALY
I'm not surprised at all that Nebraska fired Bo Pelini as its football coach today.
The only thing I'm wondering is why it didn't happen sooner.
Like at about this time last year after Iowa beat Pelini's Cornhuskers in Lincoln.
That was when Pelini all but dared his bosses to can him.
Instead, the immature, abrasive coach was fired two days after Nebraska defeated the Hawkeyes, 37-34, in overtime in the 2014 regular-season finale at Iowa City.
Pelini had a habit of winning nine games every season at Nebraska, but they never were the right nine for a university whose leaders still think this is the 20th century and the Huskers should be seizing conference and national championships like they did when Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne were the coaches.
I guess I'm a bit puzzled why Nebraska hasn't done better in the not-so-difficult Big Ten West, but maybe the Huskers should face reality and realize they're in the same boat these days as a number of other teams.
No longer is Nebraska the feared football program it was in the Devaney/Osborne years.
Nebraska is more like Iowa and Minnesota than like Alabama and Ohio State.
It seems like only yesterday that Cotton was (a) an Iowa State assistant coach and (b) a volunteer assistant at Ames High School.
And, oh, by the way, I'm not worried about Pelini finding another head coaching job.
There are lots of universities [some not very far up or down the road] that could get interested in a football coach who can pretty much guarantee nine victories and a bowl game every season.