I hope you all had a chance to watch the Bill Moos press conference regarding the firing of Mike Riley.
He made some statements about Nebraska football, but his mastery of standing in front of a group came during the question and answer session. There were so many beautiful sound bites from a man who deflected questions and talked a lot without really giving anything away just like Darth Vader (or Obi Wan, if you’re not a Dark Side guy) averting laser blaster shots.
There was so much here, I’m just gonna use tweets to try to get this out there. There will be tons of articles on this, analyzing every word. This man will have you eating out of his hand for his tenure at Nebraska, and LOOK AT THIS. BARFY LIKES HIM RIGHT OFF THE BAT!
#huskers Folks, in four decades of covering college athletics, I've seen and worked with a lot of strong, smart ADs. I like everything I've seen and heard so far from Bill Moos.— Lee Barfknecht (@leebeeowh) November 25, 2017
About firing Mike Riley.
“It was no surprise to me he took it very, very well. An incredibly wonderful human being and wonderful football coach,” Moos said of Mike Riley. #Huskers— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) November 25, 2017
Speaking of smooth, here’s a question about how he felt watching the second half of the Iowa game yesterday. He did also talk about how he felt bad for the seniors, because that is “the last taste they will have in their mouths.”
Moos on emotions watching second half of Iowa game. "Well, I had two Runzas. They're pretty good now."— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) November 25, 2017
How’s this going to happen? Well, if any of the coaches come back, i.e., John Parrella, Donte Williams, it will be at the behest of the new coach, whomever that might be.
Moos: “I hire head coaches and head coaches hire their assistants.” Wants new guy to have flexibility to hire staff as he wants.— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) November 25, 2017
This is key. ABOUT SCOTT FROST OMG OMG OMG
Nebraska AD Bill Moos said he hasn't offered the job or been turned down. Re: Scott Frost, he says, "I've never said I was going after Scott Frost. A lot of other people have." Moos said Frost is among candidates he's identified, however.— Eric Olson (@ericolson64) November 25, 2017
Moos said he had a list of six candidates. He also stated he has no priority.
“I don’t have a priority,” Moos said of his coaching list. #Huskers— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) November 25, 2017
Moos was asked about what style of offense he’d like to see a Big Ten team run. His answer?
“A winning style”, then a laugh. He talked about how there are people who believe you cannot throw the ball and win, and he did not agree with that. He did talk about his favorite style of offense, but keep in mind that whatever offense we run has to match the new coaches’ style as well.
“I think you do need to run the ball; more importantly, I think you need to stop the run,” Moos said. Also likes a dual threat quarterback who can stretch the defense. “If you have a good one, it’s hard to stop.” #Huskers— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) November 25, 2017
Moos makes comments like this, and who can disagree with this?
Prediction: Bill Moos will be a Nebraska governor if he wants.
"Let's get the Blackshirts back to being the Blackshirts." - Moos— Eric Olson (@ericolson64) November 25, 2017
“That SEC, they eat their young”, when talking about Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M. Hey... maybe a message to some guy who Moos is competing with with regards to coaching at Nebraska vs the SEC.
Moos asked about Kevin Sumlin. "He's a good football coach. He may win 8 games. That SEC, they eat their young." Said Sumlin "real good coach and an excellent recruiter."— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) November 25, 2017
Moos talked about how he didn’t have much time to get to know the staff, but had known Trent Bray for some time, that being a reason that Bray was retained as interim coach. Makes perfect sense.
Moos says NU is going to keep some support staff in place for recruiting. Bray will manage current players. #Huskers— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) November 25, 2017
Woooeeee. Just think, it might be a week before we get a head coach announcement. Imagine all the rumors.
“There will be plenty of time to talk to Scott Frost,” Moos said, closing his news conference by saying this will be the last time he’s available to media until he introduces a head coach. #Huskers— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) November 25, 2017
And then there’s this that will make those in the Tradition Coalition very happy. Very happy. As in, life as we know it cannot go on without Tom Osborne being involved somewhere in Nebraska football.
Bill Moos just told us one of the resources he's using to find the next head coach is Tom Osborne. #Huskers— Ben McLaughlin (@bmclaughlin4) November 25, 2017
Then Mike Riley does a press conference, and he gets this, after all the crap he’s been through:
“Coach, what’s it like to know you’re unemployed?”— Robin Washut (@RobinWashut) November 25, 2017