Monday was a day of second-guessing behavior and apologizing.
Because Nebraska plays on Friday this week, coach Bo Pelini crammed his weekly gatherings with local media and national teleconference into about a half-hour.
It allowed him to repeat a few things, like regret for sideline antics in light of lopsided penalty numbers during Saturday's 9-6 loss at Texas A&M. The behavior was called out by Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman, who called Pelini's conduct "unfortunate."
"You don't agree with every call that's made in a game," Pelini said. "But there's a way to deal with it. I probably get too animated at times. And I regret that. I apologize for it. And I understand where Chancellor Perlman is coming from."
Pelini also put to rest rumors that quarterback Taylor Martinez had fled the program. Midway through the second quarter, Pelini came over to Martinez, yelled at him and poked his finger in Martinez's chest.
By Sunday evening, rumors about Martinez leaving the program went viral, although newspaper reporters who regularly cover the team debunked the gossip.
On Monday, Pelini said he didn't know what the fuss was about.
"There is no truth to any of those reports," Pelini said. "There's no issue with him on this football team. I'm not quite sure where all that stuff came from."
Martinez, already battling a right ankle injury, had the same ankle stepped on by his center Mike Caputo. Reserve Cody Green took over and couldn't move the team. Martinez returned and finished the game.
Pelini insisted the heated exchanged had nothing to do with the injury.
"It was something complete separate, and my policy is we always deal with things directly," Pelini said. "Obviously, I regret that it got caught on national TV. But there was something I felt that needed to be addressed and I addressed it. Taylor and I are on the same page about it. When it was over, it was over. There are no issues going forward. I think people are trying to make too much out of it."
Pelini said he likes how Martinez is progressing and that reserve Zac Lee could have played against the Aggies and will play if needed against Colorado on Friday.
Ranking the Big 12
1. Oklahoma StateOklahomaWin makes history
2. NebraskaColorado (Friday) Forget the penalties
3. MissouriKansas (at Arrowhead) Tigers chant, Go Buffs
4. Texas A&Mat Texas (Thursday) Aggies on fire
5. Oklahomaat Oklahoma StateBedlam!
6. BaylorRegular season overSlow finish
7. Kansas Stateat North TexasStop the bleeding
8. Texas TechHoustonAs always, bowl eligible
9. Coloradoat Nebraska (Friday) 3-0 for Cabral?
10. TexasTexas A&M (Thursday) Need win for bowl
11. Iowa StateRegular season overTough schedule
12. KansasMissouri (at Arrowhead) Can KU keep it close?