New Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has forbidden his teams from frequenting select Lincoln watering holes this spring after several Cornhuskers were involved in several alcohol-related incidents earlier this year.
In order to ensure his team was heeding his edict, Pelini and Nebraska assistant athletic director of football operations Jeff Jamrog made an unannounced stroll through several bars last Thursday night, according to a report in the Lincoln Journal Star.
During Pelini's trip, patrons at a couple of the bars greeted him with chants of "Bo, Bo, Bo" to welcome the new coach as he searched for any miscreants.
Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz told the Journal Star that Pelini has said the lockdown will remain through the end of the semester.
"We're grown men," Ganz told the newspaper. "We understand what we have to do to help us get there. Like all college kids, we like to go out and have fun with each other. But if it's something we're going to have to sacrifice, it's not really a big one to make if we want to do what we want to do."
How much are Cornhuskers fans gravitating to Pelini's leadership style? More than 240 posts were recorded on the Journal Star's blog giving opinions about his midnight stroll. The reaction was overwhelmingly in favor of Pelini's take-charge leadership.
The excitement apparently is spilling over to the Cornhuskers' upcoming April 19 spring game as well. Nearly 65,000 tickets already have been sold, selling the stadium out nearly 10 days before the event. With complimentary tickets included, Nebraska officials are expecting a capacity crowd of more than 81,000 at Memorial Stadium for the spring game.