"When you have a mutual understanding between players and coaches, and the players understand you truly care about them as human beings, then you can get away with it," Pelini said. "If they think you're a selfish guy and you're in it for you — my players understand myself and the staff are not in it for us — you can have those types of exchanges. Someone from the outside might not understand and, to be honest with you, I don't care if they understand it."
Athletic director Tom Osborne was out of town and unavailable for comment.
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