Moos launches search for next Husker football coach

Moos launches search for next Husker football coach

Bill Moos, Nebraska's new director of athletics, talks during an Oct. 15 press conference in Memorial Stadium. The new hire was announced by Chancellor Ronnie Green (left).
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Bill Moos (right) talks after Chancellor Ronnie Green (left) introduced him as Nebraska's new director of athletics in October.

Bill Moos, director of athletics, announced Nov. 25 that the University of Nebraska has started a search for the Huskers' next head football coach.

The announcement ends Mike Riley's three-year tenure as leader of the Huskers football program. Moos will talk with members of the media at 1 p.m., Nov. 25 in the West Memorial Stadium Don Bryant Press Box (sixth floor).

Mike Riley
Mike Riley

"Mike Riley has brought tremendous professionalism and energy to the Nebraska football program, but unfortunately, those attributes have not translated to on-field success,” Moos said. “After a thorough review of all aspects of our football program, I have chosen to move in a different direction.”

After consulting with university leaders, Moos decided to seek a new coach for the storied football program, which finished with a 4-8 record in 2017. The University of Nebraska football program has won five national championships. The Huskers entered the 2017 season ranked fourth all-time with 889 victories.

Hired as Nebraska’s 29th coach on Dec. 5, 2014, Riley posted a 19-19 mark over his three seasons.

“I have the highest respect for Mike Riley and know that over the past three years he has cared deeply for our student-athletes and their development not only in Husker football, but ultimately in life," Chancellor Ronnie Green said. "We thank him and his staff for their collective efforts on and off the field. We wish Mike, Dee and their family the very best in their future endeavors.

“I fully support Athletic Director Bill Moos’ decision to change the coaching leadership of Husker football. Our focus going forward will be on supporting our student-athletes through this change and on continuing the long tradition of excellence that our fans expect.”

Trent Bray
Trent Bray

Moos said the university now turns to hiring a head coach that will put the Huskers in the best position to compete in the Big Ten and nationally. Nebraska will move quickly in its search.

Moos appointed Trent Bray, an assistant coach who led Nebraska's linebackers, as head coach in the interim.

“I expect to find a leader for our football program that will put our student-athletes in a position to compete for championships and grow as young men." Moos said. "I am confident our next coach will meet that standard.”