Athletic director Bill Moos announced Saturday that Riley's employment with the school has been terminated effective immediately and the search for a replacement is underway. Nebraska is still paying Bo Pelini to not coach the football team, so Riley will be added on to that bankroll. The veteran head coach accrued a 19-19 record in three years in Lincoln, including a 4-8 mark in 2017. Riley went 19-19 in the regular season and 1-1 in bowl games during his tenure. Moos said he has intermediaries who can speak to coaching agents. "I am confident our next coach will meet that standard".
He has six coaches in mind, and has been favoring coaches who are now FBS head coaches. Nebraska will move quickly in its search to secure a new head coach and Moos has appointed Trent Bray, who coaches the team's linebackers, to serve as head coach in the interim. "He's in the heat of trying to win a conference championship", Moos said. But Nebraska likely will be competing with Florida for Frost's services.
Moos said he is interested in Scott Frost but hasn't pursued him.
Moos was later asked if Frost is his priority, to which he responded, "I don't have a priority right now". Leach's success at relatively mediocre programs such as Texas Tech and Washington State could also lead some to say, "Just imagine the success he could have at a place like Nebraska?"