Northern Illinois came into Memorial Stadium and handed Nebraska football and coach Mike Riley one of their most embarrassing losses in the last decade.
Sunday morning, on SEC Network, Paul Finebaum and Anthony “Booger” McFarland ripped the Cornhuskers and Riley. While both agree a loss to a MAC team is unacceptable for the Big Ten, Finebaum slighted Riley by implying he might be out of a job soon.
“Mike Riley is on short time if he has more games like this,” Finebaum said on ESPN’s SportsCenter Sunday morning. “It’s Nebraska.”
Furthermore, McFarland found it outrageous that Riley was given a contract extension this early in the season.
“[Riley’s] agent is a special guy to get that contract,” McFarland said of Riley’s one-year contract extension.
McFarland also talked about Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee, who had 2 pick-6s against the Huskies. Take 1 pick-6 off the board and Nebraska wins.
“It was all about the quarterback, though,” McFarland said on SportsCenter. “Tanner Lee was very inconsistent. He threw 2 pick-6s. He didn’t see the field. [Lots] of preconceived throws. If you’re Mike Riley, you’ve got to know what your quarterback can do.”
Riley was given a one-year extension four days before the 21-17 loss to Northern Illinois. He reportedly could get another by the end of the 2017 season. It’s safe to say that should Nebraska’s season continue like it has the last two weeks, that extension may never come.