Before he became the head coach at Texas Christian, Gary Patterson said he interviewed for the Nebraska job after the 2007 season. But he could tell he wasn’t being taken seriously.
“I interviewed and could tell they had already decided on [Bo] Pelini,” Patterson told ESPN’s Chris Low. “A lot of these ADs now are more interesting in hiring guys who’re going to win the podium than they are in hiring football coaches.”
Regardless of how successful Pelini was at “winning the podium,” he led the Huskers to a 67-27 record before getting fired in November 2014. He led the Huskers to at least nine wins every season.
It’s a figure the Huskers won’t reach this year. Sitting at 4-5, Nebraska would still be two wins shy of nine if it won all three of its remaining games.
Rumors are swirling surrounding the future of coach Mike Riley. Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos said no decision has been made surrounding Riley’s future , but should the Huskers hire a new program leader, they might be wise to listen to Patterson and not worry about winning the press conference.
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