Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst delivers vote of confidence for Mike Riley

After a loss to Purdue over the weekend, Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst gave a vote of confidence to first-year head coach Mike Riley on Monday.

LINCOLN, Neb. - After seeing Nebraska head coach Mike Riley drop to 3-6 in his short tenure as the University of Nebraska football coach, athletic director Shawn Eichorst issued a statement regarding the Huskers' struggling football program. 

Eichorst, who usually works behind the scenes and is quiet on coaching matters until after the season, likely felt a lot of pressure to respond. 

During his Monday morning press conference, Riley delivered a message on the state of the program that will be posted later this afternoon. 

Dear Husker Family,

Good morning. 

I want to express my sincere appreciation to every Husker fan who has come to Memorial Stadium this season to cheer on the Big Red; who has traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to proudly wear the red and white in visiting stadiums; and who has passionately supported our student-athletes, our head coach, our assistant coaches and staff. Your support and patience as Mike Riley rebuilds our storied program one brick at a time mean the world to our young men, our staff and our university. 

While many are understandably disappointed in the current record of the football team and the heartbreakingly close losses we have suffered, I am confident the future is bright because I see it in the eyes of our players, coaches and staff and I am impressed by what I know is going on behind the scenes. Our coaches are developing our student-athletes and, though the consistent victories are not there yet, I am confident they will come. I have witnessed how our young men battle every day in practice and fight to the finish on game days in the face of great adversity. Football can be a humbling game of inches and seconds and our players have laid everything on the line while making no excuses. The prospective student-athletes looking to make Nebraska home possess athletic talent, academic potential, and high character making for a bright future. Coach Riley has a vision and a plan and is committed to providing the Husker faithful with a sustained winner which will compete annually for championships. 

As I have said many times, it is an honor and privilege to represent Nebraska, and I am humbled and care deeply about the men and women I have a chance to work with every day here. The incredible amount of hours they put in and the sacrifices they all make to represent Nebraska are truly remarkable. In two decades as a student-athlete and athletics administrator, I have had the opportunity to learn and work alongside some incredible people at five different institutions.  What the best administrators and coaches have in common is a consistent commitment to teaching young minds to do things the right way and to instill a values system that emphasizes hard work, discipline, loyalty, teamwork, compassion and excellence. Those principles coupled with a positive attitude generally result in championships.  

Your continued support is what makes Nebraska special and together, we will do great things. Thank you again for your incredible passion and support. We look forward to another home sellout and an electric environment on Saturday as we come together to cheer on our team against Michigan State. 

Have a great week and Go Big Red!

Shawn Eichorst

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