Mike Riley was a weird choice for Nebraska when he was hired to replace Bo Pelini back in late 2014. After three seasons and a 19-19 (12-14) record, Riley clearly didn't work out.
Nebraska is a unique program given its high expectations and history of success, but lack of a natural recruiting ground. Things have also changed with the move to the Big Ten, which makes it a bit more difficult for the Huskers to get a lot of talent from Texas, as it did as a member of the Big 12.
The notion of a program hiring one of its own is a nice thought, and sometimes it pays great dividends, but plenty of the best coaches have no previous ties to the schools they become famous for coaching.
However, Scott Frost has also more that proven that he has the potential to be an elite college head coach. Naturally those around the Huskers program are excited about him being there.
Former Nebraska All-American center Dominic Raiola shared his thoughts about the coaching transition.
Raiola was one of many Husker greats attending an alumni banquet for letter winners this week.
He was asked about the move to Scott Frost. During his answer, he laid into Mike Riley and his staff.
His answer from the clip, posted by 1011 Now News anchor Dan Corey:
"I'll be honest with you. It sucked. I was never afraid to say I played at Nebraska because what it was back then. But it sucked that they let these people come in, basically let Oregon State come in and try to be Nebraska. It's not going to happen.
Their expectation level wasn't high. The standard that was being run around here wasn't high... You have to be here to know what it's like, and to know what a championship felt like, and these guys know that."
Raiola got to Nebraska in 1998, right after Scott Frost's departure. He went on to a storied three year college career, before being a second round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He played his entire 14-year NFL career with the team.