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Nebraska Parts Ways With Mike Riley

Nebraska Parts Ways With Mike Riley

BY Matthew Long


After three seasons in Lincoln, the University of Nebraska parts ways with Mike Riley following their loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Black Friday. His 19-19 record completes the worst record in their football program’s history since the early 1950’s when famed head coach Bob Devaney took to the helm.

Riley pleaded with the media and more so the fan base in the presser following the eighth loss of the season, saying that he’s confident things will get better. It seems like Husker fans and administration agree with that sentiment, but just not with him as the head coach. Nebraska native and Husker alum Scott Frost is impressing everyone in Orlando with Central Florida who was a team that was winless just two seasons ago, and seems to be the leading candidate to replace Mike Riley.

The writing on the wall had seemed to have been appearing on the since a close loss at home to Northern Illinois in the third week of the season. Blowout loses to #5 Wisconsin and #8 Ohio State at home indicated the end of Riley time become clearer, and then a blowout loss to Minnesota all but sealed his fate for most.

The direction to pursue Frost really started to gain ground when former teammate and radio personality Jason Peter, after he sounded off about it saying, “Scott would be the first (head coach hired) in the last 15 years that has been part of a championship team at Nebraska.” Peter also pointed out Frost would the first “who knows something about the mentality you have to have and the work ethic you have to have at Nebraska, what is acceptable and what’s not acceptable. It’s part of the culture thing. Who else knows about the championship culture?!”

A large portion of the Husker faithful bought into the idea of Frost second return to Nebraska but as the head football coach and not a retired NFL player. The report surfaced in mid-November from Bleacher Reports’s Lars Anderson that Nebraska and the highly sought after coach were “close” on a deal.

Many would suspect the Riley would be out at the end of the season, but this news with to games left in the season made in painfully obvious that there was no righting the ship for this coaching staff.

New hired athlete direction Bill Moos announced Saturday the official end of Riley’s time with the program stating, “Riley has brought professionalism and energy to the Nebraska football program, but unfortunately, those attributes have not translated to on-field success.”

There is no official word on if or rather went Nebraska would hire their next head coach, but the news is likely to by the end of next week, once Frost coaches his undefeated Knights in the AAC conference title game. The season would come to an official end and that point, and I would presume that if they announce an agreement then, that Frost coach the New Year Six bowl game as well.

Moos would not confirm which candidates that Nebraska is looking to engage with regarding the vacancy, but a few others that have been rumored to candidates outside of Frost, none of which have had the wave of support that former Husker QB has received.

[Photo: Nati Harnik / AP Photo]



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