Mike Riley, the former head football coach at Oregon State, was hired to lead the Cornhusker football program. See here from ESPN.
Big deal, you ask?
Remember that Nebraska has one state-wide newspaper, the Omaha-World Herald–sometimes called the “Weird Herald.” Remember also that Nebraska has fewer people in the entire state than the folks (like my brother) who populate metropolitan Cleveland.
Now, take a look above the fold of the front page of the OWH today,
Today, I learn that Mack Brown, the former football coach at Texas, said the following about Riley yesterday, “If I get to heaven and Mike Riley’s not there, I’m going to know I’m in the wrong place.”
It seems that this sentiment is the national consensus–Mike Riley is a nice guy, who is classy and respectful of everyone. ESPN sideline reporter Sam Ponder had perhaps the biggest compliment: “Handful of coaches I’d want my kid to play for/learn from … Mike Riley’s top 5 for sure.”
I wrote a snarky piece when Nebraska fired Bo Pelini. It was sarcastically titled, Nebraska Nice.
It turns out that I was right, sorta. Nebraska is nice. That makes me glad (and sheepish for writing the earlier post).
PS Why you ask is all this football crap relevant to this blog? If you don’t know the answer to that question, then you have no clue why I write this damn thing.