Nebraska AD Bill Moos: Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh Comment Was 'Tongue in Cheek'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2018

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos speaking at a news conference announcing the firing of head football coach Mike Riley in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/John Peterson)
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Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos softened a bit Tuesday with regard to his comments directed toward Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer and Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh.

According to the Omaha World-Herald (h/t Eric Olson of the Associated Press), Moos said the following Tuesday at a luncheon: "You've got Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh thinking, 'We better put a little more into that Nebraska game coming up.' And that's the way we want it. They're running a little bit scared right now. And they won't admit it. We'll leave that at that."

When asked about his comments later, Moos said, "A bit tongue in cheek. Meant to point out that the competition is aware that there's a renewed energy at Nebraska and we aim to get back in the hunt."

The Cornhuskers' renewed energy stems largely from the hiring of former Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost as the new head coach.

Central Florida went winless in 2015, but Frost quickly turned the program around and led it to an undefeated record last season, culminating in an upset victory over Auburn in the Peach Bowl.

Nebraska has struggled to consistently contend since moving from the Big 12 to the Big Ten in 2011, and it is coming off its worst season since 1961 as the Huskers finished 4-8 under Mike Riley.

That marked the first time they missed out on a bowl game since 2007 and just the third time overall since 1969.

Nebraska suffered a 56-14 loss to Ohio State at home last season, but it beat Michigan, 17-13, in its most recent meeting in 2013.

In 2018, Nebraska will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on the Wolverines on Sept. 22 before facing the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 3.

Nebraska has lost four games in eight of the past 10 seasons and has reached one Big Ten Championship Game. The Huskers lost that game, 70-31, to Wisconsin in 2012.

With Frost at the helm, however, Nebraska will look to get over the hump and perennially compete for conference titles on the same level as OSU and Michigan.

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