Pelini was fired last week after seven years at Nebraska. He went to high school in Youngstown, Ohio.
The former defensive coordinator at LSU and Oklahoma, Pelini, in his first head coaching job, produced notable consistency but little evidence that Nebraska was set to take the next step as a program. Pelini was 67-27 as Nebraska's coach, passing Tom Osborne for the most wins ever at the school in a coach's first seven years. But Nebraska lost 10 games by 20 points or more since 2008, Pelini's first season, and allowed 45 points or more in six games since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011.
Information from ESPN.com's Mitch Sherman was used in this report.