Nebraska coach Mike Riley has fired special teams coordinator Bruce Read two days after the Huskers closed the regular season with at 40-10 loss at Iowa. Read came to Nebraska after serving on Riley’s staff at Oregon State since 2009. He was also on Riley’s San Diego Chargers staff and was an NFL special teams assistant with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. Here is Riley’s statement that was released Sunday afternoon:
“I want to thank Bruce for his hard work and contributions to our football program over the past two years. I also appreciate the contributions he made while a member of my staffs prior to Nebraska,” Riley said. “As we continue to build our program with the pursuit of championships at the forefront of everything we do, we will look for a great coach, recruiter and teacher to join our staff.”
All Big-10 punter Sam Foltz, who would have been a senior this season, was killed in a car accident in July. Nebraska was third to last in punting in the Big Ten this year with a net average of 32.5 yards and had an average of 7.3 yards per return.