Mike Riley said that he was given “no indication” about his future at Nebraska when he met with reporters after Nebraska’s 56-14 loss to Iowa on Friday evening.
Riley went 4-8 in his third season with the Cornhuskers and many college football experts expect him to be fired in the coming days. But right after the team’s last game of a forgettable season, Riley said he has not yet definitively been told about his future in Lincoln.
For the record, no indication has been given to Mike Riley about his future in Lincoln.
— Dari Nowkhah (@ESPNDari) November 25, 2017
Riley added that he had not talked to athletic director Bill Moos since earlier in the week.
Mike Riley says he’s been given no indication so far from Bill Moos as to his future. Haven’t talked since mid-week. #Huskers
— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) November 25, 2017
In 3 seasons, Riley has gone 19-19 with the Huskers. And while Nebraska fans hope for Scott Frost or a different new coach at, Riley defended his job after the season finale, saying he has the football expertise and tools in recruiting to turn the program around.
“When I go to bed tonight I’m going to anticipate (being Nebraska’s head coach) because I would love to do this,” Riley said. “I truly believe I’m exactly the right person to do this. The football parts, I’ve been doing it so long, we know how to fix and we also are doing a good job recruiting. And those two things are going to be key to Nebraska getting back to where everybody wants to go. The football has to grow and the recruiting has to continue to be high, high level to get really back there. I think we’ve come upon that way to recruit and I think there’s no doubt in my mind that we can improve the football.”
Here are some other highlights from Riley’s final postgame press conference of the season:
On the emotions of the season ending…
“You look at the end of the season, a disappointing loss, lost opportunity, lost game, I think it’s disappointing.”
On the defense allowing more than 50 points in 3 straight games…
“I think it’s a little bit of a mystery that way. Up to whatever point that was I thought we were making some strides on defense. I do know tonight it was hard to find healthy bodies as we went through the ballgame … There were some moving parts that were balancing acts. And then you’re playing a team that’s very, very physical.”
Here is Riley’s full press conference following the loss to Iowa:
Nebraska’s 4-8 season was the team’s worst since 1961 when the Huskers went 3-6-1.