Nebraska head coach Mike Riley has fired special teams coach Bruce Read, effective immediately. Read has been with Nebraska for two seasons and was Riley's special teams coach at Oregon State before his stop in Lincoln.
“I want to thank Bruce for his hard work and contributions to our football program over the past two years. I also appreciate the contributions he made while a member of my staffs prior to Nebraska,” Riley said. “As we continue to build our program with the pursuit of championships at the forefront of everything we do, we will look for a great coach, recruiter and teacher to join our staff.”
During his career Read has also been a special teams coach with the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers.
In Read's first season at Nebraska, the special teams excelled. Punter Sam Foltz averaged bettter than 44 yards per punt and was the Big Ten Conference Punter of the Year. Place-kicker Drew Brown finished the season by making his final 11 field goals, and his 21 field goals were the second-most in NU history. True freshman long snapper Jordan Ober was nearly flawless in his first season of action. Read's kickoff coverage unit also ranked in the top four in the Big Ten and the top 25 nationally.
But Read's second season has been what Riley called a "mix bag," filled with inconsistent units - not what a school would come to expect that was paying a special teams coach $450,000.
Don't be surprised to see Nebraska turn to graduate assistant Travita Thompson. Currently the Huskers tight end coach, Thompson's role as a graduate assistant is about to expire. A young coach with a brief NFL stop, Thompson has had solid reviews on the recruiting front in a limited role. With Read off the staff, it's likely Thompson fills in on the road.
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