Dear Nebraska coach Mike Riley: Quit. Now. Before you’re fired

For weeks, we said it, the only wobbly table leg Nebraska football had left to stand on. Maybe we said it to feel better while Rome burned. Maybe said it to be polite. Hell, maybe said to comfort ourselves in the wake of the dumpster fire raging like sin all around us:

Well, we sighed, at least the Cornhuskers didn’t quit.

Nebraska just quit, Mike Riley.

It’s time for you to do the same.

Minnesota 54, Oregon State East 21.

There is no path to redemption now.

Not this month. Not ever.

Penn State in Happy Valley? Iowa — the same Iowa bunch that made Urban Meyer look like Rich Kotite — at home?

After this?

Nebraska (4-6, 3-4 Big Ten) hasn’t lost eight games in a season since 1957. The Big Red look as if they’re on a collision course now — and the impact isn’t going to be pretty.

Half a hundred against Ohio State hurts.

Half a hundred against a .500 Minnesota team is inexcusable.

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck, fresh off a 33-10 loss at Michigan that saw the Wolverines gash his defense for nearly 400 rushing yards, flipped the script, doing to the Huskers what the Huskers spent decades — nay, generations — doing to everybody else.

Physicality. Will. Toughness. The Blackshirts. All gone now.

For three years, we’ve been trying to get a finger on the Huskers’ identity. What the finished product under Riley was supposed to look like. After Saturday, we just might have a definitive answer.

The ‘N’ on the Huskers’ helmet now stands for ‘nice.’

Nice guy, Mike Riley.

Wrong guy.

Wrong place.

Wrong time.

Wrong hire.

The buzzards are circling at warp speed, coach.

Beat them to the punch, Mike.

Make it official.

Make it over.

Some football experiments don’t work, for a multitude of reasons.

Shawn Eichorst didn’t work. Trying to graft a #Calibraska head on a Midwestern frame, to push West-coast passing in a 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust league, Dr. Frankenstein style, isn’t working. Again.

The Strain, as defensive coordinator Bob Diaco bizarrely termed it, is too much now. For anyone.

Huskers fans saw snow Saturday in the Twin Cities.

And prayed for Frost.

If you’re athletic director Bill Moos, this can’t go on.

Not with a sellout streak, a program’s pride, a program’s legacy, dangling by the thinnest of threads.

Make it official, coach.

Make it over.

Minnesota 54, Oregon State East 21.

Even the best fans in the world have a breaking point. And we’ve found it. Truth be told, we probably passed it several exits back.

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