LINCOLN — Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst and coach Mike Riley seemed clear Tuesday that the Huskers were going to end their tradition of playing Black Friday games by 2020 in exchange for a full week of preparation and more rest for the players.
Forty-eight hours later, Eichorst said he wasn’t clear in a statement he made to NU’s creative content specialist. Instead, the Huskers will try to continue the Black Friday games with Minnesota, which becomes the new end-of-regular-season opponent in 2020. Until then, the Huskers play Iowa three times, each game the day after Thanksgiving.
Eichorst said he has already been on the phone with UM’s administration to do so, but declined to elaborate on the progress of those plans.
He said he needed to “clarify” his statement from Tuesday.
“I will let you know I do make mistakes, and I’m not perfect,” Eichorst said on the field at Memorial Stadium.
He balked at the suggestion that because of fan feedback — Eichorst called them “constituents” — he changed his mind.
So what was his mistake?
“Not being clear on Tuesday about, really, the fact of the matter,” Eichorst said. “We’ve had schedules come in the past on Saturday (being the date of the final regular-season game), and we’ve had discussions with Iowa in particular about moving those games to Friday. That’s fully on me. I take full accountability for not being clear relative to comments that came out on Tuesday.”
The Tuesday statement — in which Eichorst told Huskers.com that moving the final…
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