Nebraska quickly filled the head coaching vacancy left by Bo Pelini by hiring long-time Oregon State head coach Mike Riley.
Nebraska made a surprising move when they fired head coach Bo Pelini following a 9-3 season, and they acted quickly in replacing the hot-headed coach by hiring Oregon State’s Mike Riley.
Riley may be a surprising and questionable hire for Cornhuskers fans since the Beavers finished their season with a 5-7 record, but their season consisted of an upset over No. 17 Arizona State, who was ranked sixth at the time.
Riley’s Oregon State teams have also played spoiler against USC twice when they were in position for national championship contention each time.
Nebraska athletic director made a statement on the Cornhuskers hiring Riley. “There was one coach who fit all the characteristics that I was seeking to lead our tradition rich football program,” the newly hired coach said.
Riley was the longest-tenured coach of the all the active Pac-12 coaches in 2014 as he led the Beavers for 14 straight years, but he will now be looking to lead Nebraska to their first Big Ten title since leaving the Big 12 after the 2010 season.