It’s May, but it’s never too early to talk Husker football and that’s just what the Athletic Director and Head Coach plan to do as they tour the state this week.
Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst says the tour will hit York, Columbus, Kearney, Lexington, and North Platte before ending in Omaha.
“It’s always good to get out and see people face to face and I know folks like to seeing Mike,” Eichorst tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Coach Mike Riley took over the program at the end of 2014. Formerly with Oregon State, Riley sees something special here.
“Well, I think that the values around this school, this program, this state, they’re all about kids and family and it plays itself out just on events like our football games,” Riley tells KLIN’s Jack and Dave in the Morning. “You don’t find too many people that are either opponent’s fans or our fans that have bad experiences.”
Eichorst and Riley visit York and Columbus today. On Thursday, the two visit Kearney, Lexington, and North Platte. They wrap up the week on Friday in Omaha.
Riley says he enjoys working with his players the most, helping them develop into elite athletes, but also good students and good citizens.
Eichorst says Husker athletes, across all sports, are distinguishing themselves.
“The cumulative GPA of this group of student athletes, over 600 of them, was 3.18 this last semester,” according to Eichorst. “I mean that’s really good work relative to competing every day in the classroom and then competing athletically and then life skills.”
The Husker life skills program helps develop athletes into mature adults ready to make their mark on society after college.
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AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [1 min.]