Athletic Director Bill Moos believes Nebraska needs a rival, and he wants it to be Iowa.
On the nightly radio show on the Husker Sports Network Monday evening, Moos said he has already met with the Big Ten to try and make Iowa the permanent Black Friday opponent.
Nebraska has played in 28 straight Black Friday games, but is currently scheduled to stop by 2020.
“I’m going to really push, to establish Iowa as being our rival,” Moos said on air. “We came into the Big Ten and we need a rivalry game, and I’ve already been to the Big Ten and talked to them about that so hopefully we can keep that Black Friday game and have that be Iowa each year.”
Before former Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst was fired this season, he and the Nebraska athletic department announced the Black Friday game would be ending.
Eichorst then switched his position after 48 hours, saying he wasn’t clear in a statement he made to NU’s creative content specialist. He also said he was in contact with the University of Minnesota to schedule them in 2021 with a Black Friday game.
A few more notes from what Moos said on Monday evening:
>> Moos said he see’s the Nebraska volleyball program as “the poster child for what I want to see in Husker athletics across the board.”
“Four national championships, nine final fours, all the All-Americans, and they continue to pass it on generation to generation and take great pride in that, and that’s what I’m hoping we can do across the board in all our programs.”
>> Moos said the football team can still finish on a high note with a win over Iowa.
“We’re all disappointed our record is what it is and I’ve had a chance to talk to coach Riley on a number of occasions,” Moos said. “It’s a disappointing season but it’s always good to finish on a high note and we can still do that here at home.”
Moos kept sturdy about his stance of not firing a head coach mid-season.
“Twenty five years as a Division-I athletic director and I’ve never done that,” Moos said. “I would do it if there was a behavior problem but it doesn’t accomplish anything. It causes anxiety in players and the assistant coaches aren’t focused because they’re wondering where the next job will be.”