After volatility of Nebraska, Pelini finds comfort at home

Apr 04, 2015 611

by Ralph D. Russo

The heroes of northeast Ohio cover the walls at the most popular Italian restaurant in Bo Pelini's hometown. Bernie Kosar's No. 19 Cleveland Browns jersey next to the door that leads to the kitchen. The photograph behind the bar of Ron Jaworski, the former Youngstown State quarterback who took the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl.

Inside the front door hang dozens of autographed pictures of Youngstown's favorite sons, many of them football coaches, their names so familiar: Stoops, Tressel, Narduzzi — and Pelini. That particular picture, taken more than a decade ago when Pelini was defensive coordinator at Oklahoma, is due for an update.

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