The big picture remains on the back burner with Youngstown State’s football team.
Things like Bo Pelini’s future as the head coach and giving looks to younger players with the playoffs out of the picture are not at the forefront.
The Penguins (3-6, 2-4 Missouri Valley Football Conference) have two games left in the season and winning those are the priority. Pelini, who is in the final season of a four-year contract, declined to answer when asked if he wanted to return to YSU.
“I don’t talk about that until the season is over. I never have and I never will,” Pelini said. “It’s not how we do business and we’re all on the same page.”
Pelini called out the team’s effort and energy after a 43-17 loss to Indiana State on Oct. 27 and on Tuesday, he said he saw improvement in those areas in last week’s 17-7 loss to No. 1 North Dakota State. Now the challenge is maintaining said effort when No. 22 Northern Iowa (5-2, 4-2) comes to Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday.
It is the Penguins’ home finale.
“In my mind if we were able to play that way with that kind of energy and effort, we could be sitting here with our record flipped or at 7-2, but we’re not,” Pelini said.