Nebraska coach Mike Riley had no new information Monday on the status of any players involved in an ongoing sexual assault investigation, and said there was no need for him to speculate on any part of it and no need to deal in hypothetical questions.
It was the first time Riley had met with reporters since last Tuesday.
Asked if any players — and specifically Tommy Armstrong, Jordan Westerkamp or Trey Foster — would be considered questionable for Friday’s game with Iowa, Riley said only: “Right now we are business as usual.”
Asked if he had been assured there would be no discipline handed down before Friday, Riley replied: “I haven’t been assured of anything.”
Armstrong followed Riley at the Huskers’ weekly press conference, but a Nebraska media relations official said the quarterback would only talk about football and the Iowa game.
The investigation involves a report of a sexual assault at the north Lincoln residence of Armstrong and Westerkamp. No suspect has been identified and no arrest has been made in the alleged incident that occurred on Nov. 15.
Also from Monday:
>> Riley said receiver Brandon Reilly (ankle) probably wouldn’t have been ready to go had Nebraska played this past weekend, but the Huskers are hopeful to have the junior ready for Iowa on Friday. Riley said I-back Terrell Newby, defensive tackle Kevin Williams, linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey and receivers Alonzo Moore and Stanley Morgan all are healthier after the bye week.
>> Newby will factor into the Husker offensive plan if healthy, but Imani Cross is likely to again see a good amount of carries. “An important part of this game will be us running the football.”
>> Backup I-back Mikale Wilbon is done for the season after the redshirt freshman underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.
>> Riley reiterated his comments last week about the Husker defense playing probably its best game in the 31-14 win at Rutgers on Nov. 14. “If you combine all the parts — with run defense, pass rush, pass coverage — it was maybe our best picture of what it should look like going forward.”
>> Riley called unbeaten Iowa “a good overall football team in all three phases.” He also complimented the efficiency of quarterback C.J. Beathard, and said his best quality might be how he extends plays.
“He really runs that team well,” Riley said. “He does exactly what they want him to do.”
>> Riley had a knack for upsets at Oregon State, and his first Husker team pulled a good one with the 39-38 win over Michigan State on Nov. 7. Riley said there isn’t necessarily some magic formula that goes with it.
“You just have to go play well,” he said. “We try to maintain a consistency in preparation. Obviously this year it hasn’t always paid off well, but maybe it’s paid off well in the long run.”
>> A year ago, Riley was preparing for Oregon State-Oregon. Asked if he could have envisioned Monday talking Nebraska-Iowa, Riley said: “Not in my wildest dreams.”