Mike Riley came in and did his press conference after Bill Moos was done talking. That’s class. He even joked about it.
“Welcome everybody. Thank you for being here,” Riley said. “I came in to watch the film of the game this morning and got interrupted.” #Huskers— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) November 25, 2017
And Riley gets this for a question, apparently from a student reporter.
“Coach, what’s it like to know you’re unemployed?”— Robin Washut (@RobinWashut) November 25, 2017
It’s a little crude. Well, it’s pretty crude. You might ask that later if you get the chance, just not at a press conference.
It was a student. Hopefully a lesson learned and I'll leave it at that. Just needs to be some tact sometimes.— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) November 25, 2017
Think about this next statement. It’s a testament to both Riley AND Moos as being professionals. This is actually exciting going forward.
Riley says he wasn't given any type of ultimatum from Moos and appreciated how the final five weeks were handled #Huskers— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) November 25, 2017
Mike Riley just said the man who fired him is great. Think about that. Now think about the last time a coach was fired at Nebraska.— Michael Snow (@Mikersnow) November 25, 2017
I’d agree with this. We can argue about whether Riley left the program better than he found it.
"I remain confident that the pieces are in place for the football to continue to grow." Riley says— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) November 25, 2017
So... I guess there won’t be an audio tape later where he calls his athletic director nasty names?
Riley thanks coaches, players and fans, will miss the people, will feel "blessed and fortunate" to have been at Nebraska.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) November 25, 2017
Putting this here just because:
Wishing u all the best Coach! By meeting me, you did something no other coach has done - probably in the history of CFB. You helped begin a shift in culture that will save lives & while some ppl only care about winning, many of us don’t & we’re grateful for your courage. Thank u https://t.co/2kpd8KwEaw— Brenda Tracy (@brendatracy24) November 25, 2017
About the future and recruiting. Which reminds, me, CN needs someone to write about recruiting going forward.
Riley says you have to have a "really specific recruiting plan" to coach at Nebraska and a different footprint in the Big Ten #Huskers— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) November 25, 2017
Who does this?
I was fired a little while ago by a long term client. I put my fists through the bathroom wall initially, but a week later I went out to dinner with them to say goodbye.
Mike Riley speaking today and shaking hands of each media person afterward. That’s the picture of class.— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) November 25, 2017
Regarding Riley the man, from our good friend Erin.
Quick story: Mike and his wife Dee were incredibly kind to me after my accident. Just the absolute best people and so encouraging. As I healed, they'd both remind me how strong I was and, you know, sometimes you need to hear those things.— Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) November 25, 2017
From Keyshawn Jr.
Thank you Coach Riley for never giving up on me and giving me the opportunity to play at the next level. You are truly a second father-figure to me. I can't wait to see what the future holds for you! #GBR pic.twitter.com/3A24PXPb65— Keyshawn Jr. (@keyshawnnnn) November 25, 2017
And a volleyball player that might have been kinda good...
Fans see the records and don’t like a coach. Players see a coach and don’t care about the records. Coaches are mentors, parental figures, and dream builders for so many kids in college. Coaches should be labeled for more than just numbers in a win-loss column.— Amber Rolfzen (@twintowerBer) November 25, 2017
And finally, from Riley hisself.