Nebraska coach Mike Riley: ‘This day will be stuck in time forever’
Nebraska coach Mike Riley and his Cornhuskers won’t be appearing at Big Ten Media Days this week following the death of punter Sam Foltz. But the second-year coach spoke to the media briefly following a team meeting Sunday night.
Foltz died in a car accident with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler late Saturday night in Merton, Wis., while driving back from a kicking and punting camp. Riley admitted that this day won’t be forgotten.
“This day will be stuck in time forever,” Riley said, according to the Lincoln Journal Star’s Brian Christopherson. “The news that you just really can’t connect or comprehend.”
The team met on Sunday night hours after Foltz’s passing. Riley said quarterback Tommy Armstrong had some profound thoughts during what was surely an emotional meeting.
“It was just good to see them,” Riley said, according to Christopherson.
It was evident in the reaction following Foltz’s death that the punter was beloved by teammates, coaches and even media members.
It’s uncertain whether the Cornhuskers will be made available to the media before fall practice begins.