Nebraska head coach Mike Riley waves to fans as he walks into the stadium during the Unity Walk with his team before an NCAA college football game against Iowa in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/John Peterson)
— Adam Krueger (@AdamKruegerTV) November 24, 2017
Mike Riley is set to coach what could be his last game at Nebraska when the Cornhuskers host Iowa on Saturday afternoon.
Fans already are bidding him adieu.
We all know Mike Riley is done after today, so I’d just like to say: Bo Pelini’s stint was the relationship you got out of & thought, “That was so unhealthy. How did that ever work?” Riley’s stint is the relationship you want so bad to work out, but it just won’t. #Huskers
— Michael Nichols (@_MichaelNichols) November 24, 2017
The Huskers enter the game 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten, tied for third in the West Division. The 64-year-old Riley is 19-18 with losing records in two of his three years.
Riley was considered a surprise hire when former athletic director Shawn Eichorst brought him in from Oregon State. Known as the “nicest guy in college football,” Riley was the antithesis of the coach he replaced, the volatile Bo Pelini.
— World-Herald Opinion (@OWHopinion) November 24, 2017
Riley won only 54 percent of his games in two stints totaling 14 years at Oregon State. But he was able to field mostly competitive teams in the Pac-12 with limited resources and had a reputation for developing quarterbacks and pulling the occasional big upset.
250 characters are for you @Coach_Riley. Thank you for taking a chance on us. Thank you for being humble & teaching us class. Thank you for leading us through the Foltz tragedy. Thank you for @TheToddMcShane. Enjoy today regardless of what happens. Always apart of #GBR #Forever27
— Cody Pullen (@_CPeezy2) November 24, 2017
The Nebraska brand attracted him, and he and his wife looked at the opportunity in Lincoln as “one last great adventure” in a career that has spanned 43 years.