CHICAGO – Friday night games have been a hot button issue at this year’s annual Big Ten media convergence in Chicago. And while some coaches and players are perfectly fine with the conference shifting schedules, Nebraska head coach Mike Riley is not a fan.
“I like Saturdays for college football,” Riley said Tuesday afternoon when asked about his Huskers playing one of two Friday night games in the Big Ten this season.
“I understand TV and windows and opportunity, I get that,” Riley said. “I also understand, just as a football coach, I don’t like short weeks. I do not like to get out of the routine of what we do week to week to get ready for a game.”
Riley referenced his time working in the Canadian Football League, where he said he would sometimes face a situation where his team would play on a Thursday, and then again on a Monday.
It really comes down to routine with the third-year leading man.
“I’m a real routine guy, I have a countdown to a game, I don’t like changing that,” Riley said. “Adjusting that way is no fun for me because you always have a mystery of where your team is physically and what you need to do and then what you need to do in the actual preparation part of it.”
Asked if Riley would lobby for getting rid of Friday night games in the future, he responded with an emphatic “yes.”
The Huskers play Illinois on the road on Friday, Sep. 29. Purdue will take part in the conference’s other Friday night game when it hosts Ohio on Sep. 8.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.