Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said Saturday the football program wasn't progressing like he hoped it would, which is why he fired Mike Riley. Nebraska is still paying Bo Pelini to not coach the football team, so Riley will be added on to that bankroll.
After consulting with university leaders, Moos made a decision to seek a new coach for the storied football program, which finished with a 4-8 record this season, the team's fewest wins since 1961.
Riley is 19-19 in three seasons, with last year's loss at Iowa starting a 10-losses-in-14-games slide. Moos said he has intermediaries who can speak to coaching agents. Moos said Frost is trying to win a championship at UCF and these coaching searches can be a distraction.
He has six coaches in mind, and has been favoring coaches who are now FBS head coaches.
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Linebackers coach Trent Bray is serving as interim head coach. "He's obviously a Nebraskan and he's getting a lot of attention from several other schools".
On Monday, Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports wrote that Riley is "destined" to get fired, with Central Florida's Scott Frost looking like a potential option to replace him.
Moos was later asked if Frost is his priority, to which he responded, "I don't have a priority right now".
Moos also said he had people reach out to Chip Kelly, who recently accepted the UCLA job.