Nebraska coach Mike Riley is still hunting for a house. And, unsurprisingly to reporters who have watched Riley's zeal during spring camp, the coach wishes there were more practices to attend.
Those were about the only revelations in Riley's ten minutes on the Big Ten Teleconference Wednesday. NU wideout Jordan Westerkamp offered up a line about the strength of the Huskers' team chemistry after spring practice, but every player in the history of every teleconference would have said that. So let's briefly dive in to the rest of Riley and Westerkamp's thoughts.
>> Riley said his staff "found out a lot of information" about his team in spring that will affect how the team is comprised and practices in the fall. The biggest adjustment, Riley said, has been trying to find a new life routine after 12 seasons of living in Corvallis while coaching at Oregon State. RIley still lives at the Embassy Suites hotel.
"We had such a simple life and routine in Corvallis," Riley said. "You miss that. And you're hoping and learning more about how you'll find that in Lincoln."
Riley said he's kept a light tab on what his former program is doing this spring. He asked former Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion - who spent the weekend in Lincoln for the Nebraska spring game - about the team.
"It's not just going to go away immediately, my thoughts about Oregon State, my thoughts about all the guys we coached and recruited there and how that team's going to do," Riley said. "That doesn't just disappear. The good thing about me is that I feel great about our time there. I kind of surprised myself in leaving, but I'll always be connected, because that place is dear to my heart."
>> As he's said perhaps a dozen times this spring, Riley said he's not naive about the winning expectations of Nebraska football, but he's more focused on establishing "values we think is important in the program" and adapting his system to the differing skillsets of NU's quarterbacks.
"It's been to work with Tommy Armstrong and the other guys in what they do best, what you've done and what you might need to do to use their abilities well," Riley said. "All of that is outside the realm of what the expectations are. We kind of all understand that and know where we're at in that regard."
>> Riley said it's "comforting" to have three coordinators -- Danny Langsdorf on offense, Mark Banker on defense and Bruce Read on special teams -- he's worked with for such a long time.
"I know the work that they've put in and how much it means to them," Riley said. "They're also just the right kind of people that I want around the kids in the program. That trust is only built through a long period of time."
>> Westerkamp said the biggest transition to Riley's offense was understanding the entire concept of Riley's offense and, through practice, "it got easier and easier."
>> Nebraska players were "extremely upset, as they should have been" when Bo Pelini and his staff were fired, but "guys are buying in" to Riley and his staff.
"They trust these coaches now," Westerkamp said. "Being able to go through a whole spring ball with them and get their hands-on coaching, guys are definitely buying in. Our team chemistry has been great throughout the entire spring. Coach Riley has done a fantastic job leading us. We believe in him, we trust these guys, we trust these coaches."