A lot was said after Nebraska’s loss to Northern Illinois on Saturday. Mike Riley hasn’t heard all of it, but he understands most of the anger and frustration coming from the Cornhuskers fan base.
Following the worrisome 21-17 loss to NIU, Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst met with the media and said “I don’t think there’s any question that it’s not acceptable.” Riley, the third-year Nebraska head coach, was asked about Eichorst’s comments during his weekly press conference on Monday.
“None of us like this. I certainly think whatever was said was an honest reaction to what he saw and none of us liked it,” Riley told reporters. “There’s no sugar-coating it or anything, but as I mentioned, we get all the support and all that. I don’t feel any of that and I don’t worry about the other parts of it at this time. I just really know we can play better than that and do better than that as coaches.
“Whatever is said is probably earned by anybody, so you jut wear it and know that that’s the case and do better. And we can do better.”
Riley also commented on the reaction from the Nebraska fan base.
“It’s a great, great place with the most unbelievable fan base and people that care,” Riley said. “We’ve been all through that and I really believe that’s true. You wear that and you take that in the good and you know what will happen if it’s not good.”
The defeat to NIU was the most notable of Riley’s 29-game tenure in Lincoln. And after nearly two days of digesting game film and reflecting on what went wrong, Riley said there was “nothing good about it.”
“We obviously had all the ingredients of a loss,” Riley said. “They’re all bad losses, but when you look at the scoreboard or when you look at the video or the statistics, nothing good about it. I guess the recipe and the ingredients for losing were all over the place.”