“We are excited to be in Lincoln and be a part of the university and to be a part of what is known as the greatest fan base in college football,” said Riley. “Pretty special stuff. Very excited about that. Appreciate just the fact that I am standing here right now. I am very grateful for that.”
Riley’s former team Oregon State played Wisconsin in 2012 and Penn State in 2008, but for the most part the 61-year old coach doesn’t have much experience with Big Ten squads. He looks forward to the challenge.
“You know this whole idea of now being in the Big Ten and coaching in this conference is also a part of the appeal actually,” said Riley. “I love going to different places and playing in different stadiums. We’ve played in Oregon State, we’ve played down in LSU, back at Penn State. We’ve played in, I don’t even know the name of it, "Jerry’s World" down in Dallas. We’ve done that. I love it.
“I used to bug Dee when we were driving across the country we’d stop and look at the stadium. And she could not ever understand that. But I also think this is a great conference with great history. It will be interesting and hopefully fun as we win to play those new teams.”
More video snippets from Riley’s press conference can be seen below:
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