There was a cat. There was a buddy. There was a couch. There was a tweet with 10,000 retweets.

These things have nothing or everything to do with this week's coverage of recruiting and National Signing Day, depending on your view of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini.

Having Pelini as one of the 20-plus coaching guests on CBSSports.com's Signing Day show provided a chance to humanize the guy who, if judged solely from sideline demeanor, chews glass and plots hat-swinging revenge at refs.

On the show, colleague Bruce Feldman asked Pelini about his off-field personality (more on that in a minute).

I asked about the cat – specifically, the exchange with @FauxPelini, a parody account of nearly 75,000 followers (more than Pelini himself).