Mike Riley’s first season is a complete disaster. 99 percent failure. Purdue had one Big Ten win since 2012. One! Prior to Saturday, it had lost 26 of its past 31 games. Nebraska gave up 55 points. To that team! You cannot overstate the level of embarrassment.
There were no over-the-top celebrations by Purdue. Students did not rush the field. That’s where Nebraska football sits, a three-win team at the very bottom of the Big Ten West Division, a team that even a program that's had as many struggles as Purdue isn’t going to go crazy over beating.
We can talk about turnovers and talent, balance and backup quarterbacks, close losses and coaching, but those are all feeling a little well worn at this point. The only two really clear conclusions to be drawn on a gray day in Ross-Ade Stadium were these: Purdue is not a very good football team. Nebraska is worse.
If anyone has profanity-laced audio tapes of Mike Riley, now would be the time to leak them. Will be interesting to see the revisionist history on Nebraska. This wasn’t a rebuild or a dumpster fire. Riley inherited a solid program.
Ultimately the coaches are responsible for how the team plays, but at some point the players need to be culpable. So many mistakes, so many penalties, so much lack of execution. So many times on defense players were either out of position or in position but couldn't make the play. It's going to be a fluid offseason — and should be.
Nebraska now losing 42-16 to 1-6 Purdue. Bill Callahan is impressed.
In an equipment outhouse — outfitted with ancient wooden schoolchairs and a white janitor's bucket for reporter microphones — Riley declined a chair and stood in front of a phalanx of media. It felt like a firing squad. In this environment, Riley maintained his even voice.
It’s impossible to know whether Pelini would’ve done more with this Nebraska team, but his track record suggests he would have. Now it’s up to Riley to prove he can fix a broken situation in Lincoln. Riley might have a more affable personality than his prickly predecessor, but if the new coach can’t turn things around, the latest era of Nebraska football won’t last long.
Nebraska staring down barrel of 3-6. Three and six. With a loss to Purdue. Regardless of circumstance, welcome to hot seat, Mike Riley.
Mike Riley was supposed to be a low ceiling/high floor kind of hire for Nebraska, but the floor is in the process of disintegrating.
Nebraska (3-5) down 21-9 at PURDUE, at halftime. Despite injuries and close losses -- How soon is it ok to talk #HotSeat for Mike Riley?
Mark Banker has been w/ Mike Riley a long time but a change needs to be made at Nebraska if Mike wants to stay in Lincoln longer than 3 yrs