The Nebraska Cornhuskers have extended the contract of head coach Bo Pelini for a further five years.

According to CBS Sports reporter Gregg Doyel Pelini signed the new deal as early as Wednesday this week, and it will see him through to 2018.

Nebraska's athletic director Shawn Eichorst has long championed the coach as the man to lead the program into the future and it seems that he has backed his words with a definitive contract this week.

Pelini has been with the Cornhuskers since 2008, but his current deal reportedly expired in February. Many had suspected he would sign on for another year but this five year contract suggests a firm commitment from both sides.

The coach led the school to a 9-5 record last season, the highlight of which was undoubtedly their Gator Bowl victory against the Georgia Bulldogs of the SEC - the team's first Bowl victory since 2009.

Pelini faces tough competition to come out on top in the Big Ten next season though with both Michigan State and Ohio State building strong rosters.

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