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Bill Moos weighs options regarding Mike Riley

Huskers head coach Mike Riley walks the sideline during the game on Sept. 2, 2017 versus Arkansas State.  Nebraska won, 43-36 (KHGI)

KEARNEY --- Nebraska director of athletics Bill Moos made a visit to Kearney Thursday evening for a booster banquet and he gave several members of the media a chance to speak with him.

Obviously the topic dujour is football and the balance of head coach Mike Riley as the Huskers sit at 4–5 with three games to play.

Moos, who says he has had conversations with Riley, was willing to share portions of those.

"We're talking about the schedule, talking about his roster, talking about recruiting, his staff, the Big Ten," said Moos. "Just where he sees the vision of his program and where he thinks if it's on the right track of getting there."

Whether Moos felt Riley's goals were in line with where he thought the program is headed, he mentioned it's still a little too early to say. It's the same line of thinking when it comes to a time frame for making a decision on if Riley is the right man to turn Nebraska around or not.

"I'll know when that's right. Right now, I really want to support Mike and his staff," Moos says. "I think we need to keep that focus. The players don't need the anxiety's of 'Are we going to lose our coach?' and all that kind of thing.

"Really, have never felt there was anything to be really accomplished by making a change before the season is over, and we may not make the change. Still assessing it."

Historically, the job status of an athletics director hinges on the big moves he makes with the marquis program of a university. At Nebraska, it's well known the cash cow is football.

The fate of former Nebraska athletics director Shawn Eichorst was tied to the lack of overwhelming success displayed by Mike Riley.


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