Players, Bo Pelini get last meeting

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Fired Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has held one last meeting with his former players at Nebraska.

They met off the university campus, gathering Tuesday night in the auditorium of a local high school.

Pelini was fired Sunday after finishing the season 9-3, his seventh straight season of nine wins or more as Nebraska's coach. But His Huskers never won a conference championship and his teams lost four games in every season he completed. Athletics director Shawn Eichorst said Sunday he made the decision because the Cornhuskers "weren't good enough in the games that mattered" and "I didn't see that changing at the end of the day."

After the meeting, several players took to Twitter to express gratitude to their fiery coach and wished him well, including punter Sam Foltz and offensive linemen Givens Price and Sam Hahn.

Former Nebraska player Ndamukong Suh, now a star defensive tackle with the Detroit Lions, said Wednesday he doesn't understand why Nebraska would fire "a winning coach like that."

"I love Coach Bo," Suh said. "He was with me in a critical time in my career and I owe a lot to him. He's always supported me in everything that I've done and I'll continue to support him."

Nebraska assistant Barney Cotton will serve as interim coach in the Huskers' bowl game. Other assistants have also been asked to stay under Cotton.

Pelini has not said publicly what his future plans are.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein and Mitch Sherman is included in this report.