Green and Bounds met with Eichorst earlier Thursday, and Green and Bounds met with Nebraska coaches to inform them of the decision. According to Vic Beasley Jersey the university leaders, Eichorst's dismissal does not impact Riley, who is 16-13 in his third season at Nebraska after six losses in nine games that followed a 7-0 start last season. "This is not about Mike Riley right now," Bounds said. Eichorst may still have been fired this week if the Huskers had beaten Northern Illinois, Green said. "We want to compete," Bounds said, reiterating the theme of his and Green's message. "We're going to figure that out." Eichorst said in a statement that he was "deeply disappointed" in the decision but "grateful" for his time at Nebraska. "I am proud of how our student-athletes," Eichorst said. "Coaches and staff represented this great university and state, and I am confident that the future is bright for Nebraska athleticsGreen, hired in April 2016, said the university will reach out to "stakeholders knowledgeable of Nebraska athletics," as well as other athletic administrative leaders around the country, to help in the search. "Winning can and often does happen in concert with well-run, quality programs that work to ensure the success of the student," Green said in a news release. "That's our expectation. We take pride here in doing things right and doing the right thing, and that won't change. This is not an either-or equation. We can and should win in that kind of environment." Eichorst fired Pelini despite a 67-27 record at Nebraska, saying at the time that the Huskers "weren't good enough in the games that mattered." But many attributed the move to a personality clash between Eichorst, who did not hire Pelini, and the polarizing coach, who criticized Eichorst and called him vulgar names during a final meeting with Huskers players. Former Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong said Thursday via Twitter that he and his teammates felt disrespected by Eichorst at the time of Pelini's firing and that Eichorst failed to properly explain why the move was madeFormer cornerback Josh Mitchell also tweeted about the firing, writing that he felt the Eichorst never supported the teamEichorst hired Riley from Oregon State, noting that his track record on the field and his personality fit well with the culture at Nebraska. However, Riley hasn't matched the level of on-field success Nebraska enjoyed under Pelini. Earlier this year, Riley's contract was extended through 2020, and Bounds told the Omaha World-Herald last week that the school expected to tack on another year in Throwback Jersey December. Eichorst drew criticism last week when the Big Ten announced future schedules that did not include Nebraska's traditional regular-season finale on Black Friday. Following pressure from fans and the media, Eichorst issued a statement saying that he would do whatever he could to ensure Nebraska's Black Friday tradition would continue. Nebraska hosts Rutgers on Saturday to open Big Ten play. ESPN's Adam contributed to this report

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