LINCOLN, Neb. -- Hours after Bo Pelini fired back at criticism from one of the Nebraska program's all-time greats, he had to apologize for a profane rant in which he criticized "fair-weather" Cornhuskers fans.
The sports website Deadspin.com on Monday posted the 2-year-old audio of the Cornhuskers' coach going off on fans and newspaper reporters after a game.
Pelini's problematic Monday came on the heels of yet another brutal loss for the Huskers. UCLA wiped out an 18-point deficit in Lincoln and beat Nebraska 41-21 on Saturday.
The Deadspin audio caught Pelini speaking off air with Husker Sports Network play-by-play man Greg Sharpe before his postgame radio interview following Nebraska's win over Ohio State in October 2011. Pelini had been criticized by fans and media in the days leading to the Ohio State game for the Huskers' performance the week before in a 31-point loss at Wisconsin.
In the audio, Pelini repeatedly uses an expletive to refer to what he calls "fair-weather" fans.
Refs reprimanded: The Pac-12 Conference reprimanded the officials in Saturday night's game between Wisconsin and Arizona State for their actions in the bizarre closing seconds.
The Pac-12 said the officials did not act with enough urgency or properly handle the end of game situation when Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave awkwardly took a knee and the clock ran out on the Badgers in the ensuing confusion.
Minnesota coach supported: The latest game-day seizure suffered by Minnesota coach Jerry Kill again raised the question: Could his unpredictable condition make him unable to continue with this high-profile, demanding job?
"Jerry is our coach, and we are 100 percent behind him. I am 100 percent behind him," athletic director Norwood Teague said Monday.
Tests encouraging: Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said tests on running back Reggie Bush's left knee were "encouraging," and his ailment isn't a long-term injury.
Bush took a helmet to his left knee in the first half Sunday at Arizona and played only briefly in the third quarter, leading to the Lions losing 25-21.
Game postponed: The Washington Nationals postponed Monday night's game against the Atlanta Braves following shootings at the nearby Navy Yard.
The game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader today.
"It's a very emotional day. An extremely horrific act happened very near to the ballpark," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims over there and all the people affected by this."
Instructional league: Jhonny Peralta is expected to leave for the instructional league this week so he can keep working toward rejoining the Detroit Tigers after completing his 50-game suspension.
Manager Jim Leyland says Peralta will leave Wednesday for the instructional league in Florida, where he'll play in the outfield.
Peralta was Detroit's starting shortstop, but the Tigers acquired Jose Iglesias from Boston just before Peralta was suspended following baseball's investigation into Biogenesis of America.
Analyst switch: Clark Kellogg and Greg Anthony are switching roles for CBS's college basketball coverage.
Anthony will serve as the lead game analyst alongside Jim Nantz, while Kellogg is returning to the network's studio show.
Johnson wins: Zach Johnson won the rain-delayed BMW Championship on Monday and now has a chance to win something bigger.
Johnson rolled in two birdie putts over the closing holes at soggy Conway Farms and closed with a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory over Nick Watney, giving him one of the top five seeds for the Tour Championship next week and a clear shot at the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize.