Love him, or… well you can’t hate the guy, he is too damn nice, Mike Riley is here to stay. At least until 2020. Tonight, NU Pesident Hank Bounds announced Mike Riley’s contract extension.


LINCOLN — Nebraska football coach Mike Riley’s contract has been extended by one year through the 2020 season, and NU President Hank Bounds told The World-Herald on Monday evening “I believe we’ll do that again in December.”

“I have great confidence in Mike, to extend his contract to four years,” Bounds said. “I expect us to compete, and I have every confidence that we’ll extend it again in December.”

Bounds said the contract work sends a message.

“If you look across the landscape, contract lengths are all over the place — from three years to a much longer term,” he said. “It was prudent at this time, as a signal, to show to everyone our support of Mike.”

Earlier, we wrote about the how the definition of success has changed with the administration at Nebraska. This decision echoes that article. Which can be read here.

This decision is an interesting one, as Nebraska’s administration has had a history of over extending contracts only to terminate coaches and ultimately have to payout said contract. Will history repeat itself with Riley? Time will tell.