Bo Pelini's job as head coach at Nebraska is not in jeopardy.
Nebraska lost 38-17 to Iowa to end the regular season.
Pelini came under scrutiny in September with the release of a two-year-old audio tape in which he criticized Nebraska's fans and talked of leaving the school.
"They want to fire me, go ahead," he said Friday. "I believe in what I've done. I don't apologize for what I've done. I don't apologize to you. I don't apologize to anybody."
"My approach has always been not to comment publicly about our coaches until their full seasons are complete, as I strongly believe it is unfair and counter to best practices," Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in the statement. "However, given the volume of unfounded speculation and conjecture about our head football coach, I want to reaffirm what I have said many times since I arrived at the University of Nebraska -- that I positively respect, appreciate and support our football student-athletes, coaches and staff, as we do everyone in the Husker family."