Former Nebraska coach Ron Brown, who served two long stints as a Husker assistant coach, will not be a part of Mike Riley's new staff, the head coach said at his "meet the staff" press conference on Thursday.
"I told him I didn't have a spot for him," Riley told a group of reporters in the hallway after introducing his staff. "Putting this staff together is really a balance. I have to get the right people. To get that through knowledge of working with people over time, is the best way to do that. When I have a known, I go with it.
"I appreciate what coach Brown has done here. There’s no doubt coach Brown has had a remarkable career, and is a very good person."
One assistant coaching job still remains on Riley's staff — wide receivers. Riley said he has "four to five" candidates in mind and will interview them.
In general, new defensive coordinator Mark Banker said, Riley asks coordinators for four or five names and asks the coordinators to do the background work on them. Banker did this, for example, when looking for his new defensive line coach, which turned out to be Hank Hughes.
Hughes had a long career at Connecticut, and has a relationship with Banker that goes back to their college days, but he had never previously worked with Riley.