No-Go Joe: Nebraska hires Riley; Moglia happy at CCU

Joe-MogliaCoastal Carolina football coach Joe Moglia was always a long shot to be named Nebraska’s next head football coach. However, the Cornhuskers may have gone with an even longer shot.

Nebraska decided to hire longtime Oregon State coach Mike Riley to replace the fired Bo Pelini, who won at least nine games in every season with the Huskers. Riley averaged only about seven wins per season in his 14 years with the Beavers, including a 5-7 record this season.

The surprising hire ends speculation that the Cornhuskers might take a chance with Moglia, who served as an unpaid volunteer assistant under Pelini before coming to Coastal. He has led the Chants to three straight FCS playoff appearances and a No. 1 ranking earlier this season.

The 65-year-old Moglia, a finalist for the national coach of the year award, addressed the situation of his name coming up for vacant coaching jobs at Wednesday’s weekly press conference, including an article in the Wall Street Journal calling for him to take over the woeful New York Jets.

“I think there is a good possibility that this is my last job in coaching,” he said. “I am not going to be coaching forever, I know that. It’s not a matter of loving it. It’s a matter of being competent. As long as I believe we can continue to find competitive advantages and that I am still loving what I do, yes I want to continue to coach.”

Moglia and the No. 7-seeded Chants play host to Richmond in the second round of the playoffs at 1 p.m. Saturday. A win would likely mean a repeat visit to No. 2 North Dakota State, where the Chants’ postseason run ended last season.

If the Chants continue their climb up the FCS ladder, expect the former TD Ameritrade CEO turned successful college football coach’s name to pop up in other jobs in the offseason.

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