Not that it was any secret before, but Mike Riley coached his last game at Nebraska on Friday. The third-year coach was fired Saturday morning following a 56-14 home loss to Iowa, which dropped the Cornhuskers to 4-8 on the season.
Bill Moos announced that Nebraska has ended Head Football Coach Mike Riley’s employment effective immediately.— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) November 25, 2017
"Riley has brought professionalism and energy to the Nebraska football program, but unfortunately, those attributes have not translated to on-field success."
"Riley has brought professionalism and energy to the Nebraska football program, but unfortunately, those attributes have not translated to on-field success," athletic director Bill Moos said in a statement. Riley also added his own statement on Twitter.
Linebackers coach Trent Bray will take over as the interim coach.
The loss also marks their second losing season under Riley and worst record in a decade. In all, Riley was 19-19 in three seasons in Lincoln.
Riley was always kind of an odd fit at Nebraska, and the timing of his arrival was just as peculiar. Riley was seen as the polar opposite personality-wise of his predecessor, Bo Pelini, who went 66-27 in seven seasons and averaged 9.4 wins per year. But Pelini was abrasive, and Riley is universally regarded as one of the nicest guys in the business. While Riley had done an overall good job overachieving at his previous stop, Oregon State, he arrived at Nebraska coming off back-to-back losing seasons and was trending in the wrong direction.
The only question now is where Nebraska goes from here. The link between the school and UCF coach Scott Frost, a Nebraska alumnus, has well documented and athletic director Bill Moos confirmed the obvious when he said that Frost was under consideration.
Frost has quickly turned around the Knights' program to an 11-0 regular-season effort two years after they went winless. However, Yahoo Sports reported on Friday that Florida isafter it "moved on" from Chip Kelly in its coaching search. Kelly confirmed on Saturday that , replacing Jim Mora.
In addition to Frost, Football Scoop reports that Iowa State Matt Campbell is a "strong candidate" for the job and that Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente has been vetted. Campbell has orchestrated a breakout season for the Cyclones, but has a rather high buyout of $9.4 million.
So who's the next head coach of Nebraska? And how are recruits reacting? For the very latest, visit Huskers Illustrated. They're on the ground in Lincoln covering the latest news, rumors, and reaction to Mike Riley's firing. See how the program will be changed forever right now.