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Nebraska fires Mike Riley

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By Anthony Caruso III| Publisher

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have fired its head coach Mike Riley. The Cornhuskers finished this season with a 4-8 record.

The school fired Riley, who has been on the hot seat since September, in their attempt to bring back home Central Florida Head Coach Scott Frost. The former Nebraska wide receiver is meeting with the Florida Gators on Saturday.

Frost is the Gators top target after the UCLA Bruins hired Chip Kelly. Kelly was out of the running for the Gators job on Friday.

Frost, who is in his second-year guiding the Knights, will put their perfect season on the line, as the Knights faces the Memphis Tigers in the American Athletic Conference Championship game next weekend.

Riley, as terms of his contract, will be paid $170,000 per month for at least the next three-years. He’ll receive $6.6 million in total.

“Riley has brought professionalism and energy to the Nebraska football program, but unfortunately, those attributes have not translated to on-field success,” Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos said.

In an interesting tidbit, the Cornhuskers are still paying former head coach Bo Pelini, who was fired to hire Riley, $1.5 million per season. The school will now owe $8.5 million to Riley and former athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

The move comes the morning after the Cornhuskers lost 56-14 to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday. Nebraska did not qualify for a Bowl game for the first-time since the 2007 season.

It’s the third such time they missed out on a Bowl game since the 1968 season.

Riley was just 19-19 in his three seasons in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers, a tradition-rich football program, went just 12-14 under Riley in the Big Ten Conference.

This season (4-8) was their worst season since 1961. The 2017 season was the first-time since the 1960 season that they lost five games at home.

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