Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos told the Associated Press on Tuesday night that his comment about coaches Urban Meyer of Ohio State and Jim Harbaugh of Michigan “running a little bit scared” following coach Scott Frost’s arrival in Lincoln was “a bit tongue in cheek.”
In an appearance at an Omaha Press Club luncheon earlier Tuesday, Moos said Frost would need time to turn the Huskers around after a 4-8 season in 2017, but better days are ahead.
Moos added, “You’ve got Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh thinking, ‘We better put a little more into that Nebraska game coming up.’ And that’s the way we want it. They’re running a little bit scared right now. And they won’t admit it. We’ll leave that at that.”
Asked in the evening by the AP if he stood by his comment, Moos wrote in a text, “A bit tongue in cheek. Meant to point out that the competition is aware that there’s a renewed energy at Nebraska and we aim to get back in the hunt.”
Nebraska visits Michigan on Sept. 22 and Ohio State on Nov. 3. The defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes beat Nebraska 56-14 in Lincoln last year and 62-3 in Columbus in 2016.
Nebraska is 2-1 against Michigan since entering the Big Ten in 2011, with the Wolverines coached by Brady Hoke in each of those games. The last meeting came in 2012, when Nebraska won 23-9.
The Huskers haven’t won a conference title since 1999, when they were in the Big 12. Nebraska lost to Wisconsin 70-31 in the 2012 Big Ten Championship, has been NU’s only appearance in the conference title game since joining the Big Ten seven years ago.