Shatel: Huskers showed lack of heart, a sign Mike Riley era should end now | Football

This is his mess that unfolded here on Saturday, this 54-21 debacle loss to Minnesota that was perhaps the lowest point in the last 65 years of Nebraska football.

The comparisons to the 76-39 loss at Kansas in 2007, but that was a good Kansas team, a KU team that ended up ranked No. 2 in the nation.

Eichorst is gone, and so is former NU Chancellor Harvey Perlman, and the state of the program goes on their tab, certainly. At this point, it doesn’t really matter if Eichorst hired Bob Diaco or Billy Devaney did or the moves were forced upon Mike Riley or he wholeheartedly agreed.

What’s pertinent now, today, is that Nebraska football is a mess and all of their fingerprints are on this and more changes are on the way.

Probably as soon as today.

There are only two weeks left in this sad season, and so you can make the point that you could hold on until after Thanksgiving, that removing Diaco or Riley today will not change the world.

But given the level of performance, and effort, that was witnessed out of Nebraska at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, you make a move just on principle. To show that you care. To show this isn’t acceptable.

Riley is a class act, a guy you want to treat right. The flip side of that is he’s going to get his money. And, if there’s a coach you want — at Central Florida — that the University of Florida is pursuing right now, why not enter the sweepstakes now?

All eyes today are on new Athletic Director Bill Moos, who could be heard shouting “Ohhhh Noooooo!” from his press box suite (the “Moos Lodge”) as Minnesota quarterback Demry Croft ran past NU’s disinterested defense.

Oh yes, Bill. What say you?

Husker fans are waiting to see if there will be consequences for an unthinkable game, in which their team played on cruise control from the very first play — a 100-yard kickoff return by Minnesota’s Rodney Smith.

OK, make that after the first Husker possession. NU tied it up on a nice 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that was fueled by the run game. At that point, you figured if the Huskers were going to be able to run on the Gophers, it was going to be a long day for a Minnesota team that ranked 12th in the Big Ten in scoring offense.

Minnesota’s offense took over the game, answering with its own 12-play, 75-yard scoring drive. The Gophers did their damage with jet…

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