Program trajectory pleases Riley

Mike Riley works the sidelines of Kinnick Stadium Nov. 25, 2016 (NTV News)

Sports fans aren't very patient by nature.

They want to win and they want to win all the time. But wanting, and doing, are two very different things.

Mike Riley has been preaching patience to a Big Red fan base that hasn't seen a conference championship since 1999. It took him until his 4th season at Oregon State to post his first season of double digit victories.

"It is a process of three, four (years), maybe a little bit longer sometimes if you can get it," said Riley, speaking at the Big Ten Media Days.

"Nice Mike" says you can't create a championship caliber program overnight.

"It's that kind of a process of establishing what you want football-wise, what you want in a program, where you want to head that way, what you need to know about the players in the program.

"I think it's really important to learn about players and learn how to utilize their strengths the best as you go forward," Riley says.

The schedule sets up favorably for Nebraska as three of their first four games of the season are at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers preseason camp begins on the morning of Sunday, July 30.

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