By Tommy Rezac
Mike Riley is no longer Nebraska’s head football coach, effective immediately.
The announcement came Saturday morning in the form of a written statement by Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos.
Mike Riley has brought tremendous professionalism and energy to the Nebraska Football program, but unfortunately, those attributes have not translated to on the field success,” Moos said. “After a thorough review of all aspects of our football program, I have chosen to move in a different direction.”
Linebackers coach Trent Bray will serve as the interim head coach until a full-time replacement is found. Nebraska will “move quickly” in its search to secure a new head coach, according to the statement.
Riley was appointed by former athletic director Shawn Eichorst on Dec. 5, 2014 to succeed Bo Pelini, who was dismissed on Nov. 30, 2014 after going 9-3 in his seventh season.
Riley, 64, finishes his three-year Nebraska at tenure at 19-19 overall and 12-14 in Big Ten play.
Nebraska finished the 2017 season at 4-8 overall and 3-6 in the Big Ten.
Four wins is the lowest total for a Nebraska Football team since 1961.
Riley had previously spent a total of 14 years at Oregon State in two different stints, finishing his time in Corvallis with a 93-80 record.
In 17 years as a head coach at the college level, Riley’s is 112-99. His best season in Lincoln came in 2016, when his team finished 9-4 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten. The Huskers started 7-0 that season, but finished 2-4, including a 38-24 loss to Tennessee in the Music City Bowl.
Riley now becomes the fourth different coach to be dismissed from Nebraska since 2003.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops. Check KLIN.com for further updates. You can hear Moos’ press conference live at 1 p.m. on 1400 AM or watch it live on Facebook at Facebook.com/1400KLIN.
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