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Pelini downplays talk about salary hike

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It's hard to say that somebody making $1.1 million per year is underpaid.

But in the current world of college football in which some coordinators are almost making that, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini would qualify as underpaid compared to other Big 12 coaches.

Pelini's current $1.1 million yearly salary ranks 11th among the Big 12 coaches. And considering his work during his first season -- an 8-4 record that landed the Cornhuskers into the Jan. 1 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl against Clemson -- he probably merits a pay increase.

Pelini told the Lincoln Journal-Star after workouts Tuesday that he's not concerned about a pay hike or even talking about one.

"It's secondary to me," Pelini told the Journal-Star. "It's kind of like I've always felt -- you work as hard as you can and do good things, and all that stuff takes care of itself in the end. It's not the most important thing in the world. It's about happiness. It's about people. It's about being in the right place with the right people at the right time."

But Pelini also understands how tenuous job security really is in his profession.

"It's a hard business," he said. "Unfortunately these days, longevity's not always on your side, as volatile as the profession is right now. So you like to make money where you can."

Which means we can expect to see some contract negotiations between Pelini and Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne as soon as the Cornhuskers get back to Lincoln, I would presume.