Riley visits Grand Island, reflects on last trip to the city

The Huskers Tour of 2017 passes through Grand Island at the Balz Reception Hall, May 9, 2017 (NTV News)

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley, athletic director Shawn Eichorst, and other members of the program making stops in Alliance, McCook, and finally Grand Island today as part of their state–wide tour.

"The minute we flew into and started driving in and I started to see some of those same places I saw when I was over here for the funeral, I thought about it actually when I first landed, and I thought about it yesterday when I knew we were coming in," said Riley.

Tuesday marks Riley's first return to GI since the funeral of Sam Foltz, allowing Riley another chance to reflect on the former Husker punter and all–around great guy.

"There rarely is a day goes by that I don't think about Sam Foltz. I'm reminded every day," said Riley. "The first thing I walk into my office (sic) is my picture of Sam that's up, so a very, very special young man. Just glad now at this time that I got to know him."

The free event in GI started at 5:15 p.m. and lasted until 7:00 at the Balz Reception Hall.

The remainder of the tour is listed as follows:

Wednesday, May 10 – Exclusive Pep Rally/Reception for First National Bank employees in Omaha (Private event)

Thursday, May 11 – 4:30 – 6 p.m. CDT, Happy Hour in Fremont

@ Fremont Golf Club (2710 N. Somers Ave.); Special Guests Attending: Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Miles, Zach Wiegert, Erik Wiegert, Clete Blakeman

Tickets *: Complimentary tickets can be picked up at First National Bank (152 E. 6th St. and/or 801 E. 23rd St. in Fremont) Complimentary food and soft drinks while supplies last.

Thursday, May 11 – 6:30 - 8 p.m. CDT, Happy Hour in Elkhorn

@ The Mark (20902 Cumberland Road); Special Guests Attending: Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Miles, Eric Crouch, Johnny Rodgers, Jerry Murtaugh, Tony Felici, Joey Felici

Husker Sports Network’s Sports Nightly Show Broadcasting Live at The Mark from 6 – 9 p.m.

Tickets: No admission charged, no tickets needed, open to public, complimentary food and soft drinks while supplies last.

Friday, May 12 – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. CDT, Lunch in Nebraska City

@ The Golf Club at Table Creek (56331 I Road); Special Guests Attending: Wresting Coach Mark Manning, Steve Taylor, Chris Kelsay, Bret Clark, Brenden Stai

Tickets *: Purchase at the Nebraska City Chamber of Commerce (806 1st Ave.) or copy and paste this web site:

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