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Keyshawn Johnson: Nebraska Firing Mike Riley 'Would Be A Huge Mistake'

Keyshawn Johnson, father of one-time and possibly future Husker Keyshawn Johnson Jr., thinks Nebraska needs to "relax" with talk of Mike Riley being on the hot seat.

The Johnson family's relationship with Riley was a major reason that Johnson Jr. chose Nebraska coming out of high school. He has since withdrawn from the school after a marijuana citation, but both sides seem open to a return.

Riley was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at USC during Johnson Sr.'s Trojans career, before his first stint as Oregon State head coach.

On Wednesday, Johnson Sr. responded to criticism of Riley, saying that firing him after just three seasons would be a "huge mistake."

He's not the only Husker parent speaking out. Rich Gebbia, father of freshman quarterback Tristan Gebbia, a four-star player in the class of 2017, used almost the exact same phrasing earlier in the week. From Land of 10:

“As far as the whispers and everything … I think they’d make a huge mistake, because I think he’s quite a man and quite a coach,” Rich Gebbia, father of Nebraska freshman quarterback Tristan Gebbia, told Land of 10 this week.

“My son loves playing for them. Those decisions are beyond me and my son.”

Riley is 18-15 overall at Nebraska, and 11-10 in conference play, but the Huskers are off to a 3-4 start this season and could be looking at a second losing season out of three under the 64-year old. Throw in a new athletic director at the school, and Riley's seat is extremely hot.

[Land of 10]