New Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos thinks head coach Mike Riley deserves to finish the season.
According to ESPN’s Mitch Sherman, the Husker athletic director is planning to stick with Riley for the team’s final two games despite the growing public pressure to make a move now on the heels of a 54-21 embarrassment to Minnesota on Saturday.
“It's not like I've got a coach to hire this afternoon at 3:30," Moos said Monday. "Mike Riley deserves to finish the 2017 season. That's how I operate."
Riley is 19-17 in his three years at Nebraska. The Huskers are in danger of missing a bowl game for just the fifth time since 1961. Nebraska needs to win its final two games to become eligible, but one loss would ensure Riley’s second losing season in three years. If he were to lose at home on Nov. 24 to Iowa, it would mark four straight home losses for the first time since 1969 and five in a single season for the first time since 1957.
When Moos first arrived, he said Riley was his coach and that he didn’t make coaching changes during the season. He appears to be sticking to that.
“I applaud this fan base," Moos said, "because they've been patient and they haven't had the product — at least from my observation in the short time I've been here — that I feel that they deserve. It's why we're taking a real hard look at this and one of the reasons I am out to hear their disgruntled thoughts on the state of the program.”
The report from Sherman said that Moos spent time last week going around Nebraska speaking with Husker fans and hearing their greivances, and that he has met with Riley and plans to do so again this week.
“I've got a coach. He's got a staff," Moos said. "We've got players. All that's in place. I don't think there's anything gained by breaking up that furniture, even though it's not producing like we want it to.”
Nebraska will travel to No. 13 Penn State (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) on Nov. 18 in a game that kicks off at 3 p.m. CT.