- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Tom Osborne echoed much of the Nebraska fan base with his reaction to the hiring of Mike Riley as the Cornhuskers’ new football coach.

In an email to The Associated Press on Monday, the coach who led Nebraska to three national titles wrote, “I don’t know Mike Riley. I wish him the very best.”

Riley, who comes from Oregon State, will be the fourth Huskers coach since Osborne ended his coaching career in 1997. Osborne, as athletic director, hired Riley’s predecessor, Bo Pelini.

Riley said at his introductory news conference Friday that he keeps one of Osborne’s books on his shelf. He said when he was coaching in the Canadian Football League, Osborne called him to recommend a player. Riley said that’s the only time he talked to Osborne.

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