Nebraska Chancellor: School never talked with Bret Bielema

Dr. Saturday

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman wants everyone to know that the school was not looking to hire Arkansas coach Bret Bielema to replace the fired Bo Pelini.

Wednesday, a report surfaced that Nebraska was in talks with Bielema. Thursday morning, Nebraska announced it had hired Mike Riley, who was at Oregon State. Perlman said Friday morning that Nebraska had never talked to Bielema and the following came from his Twitter account Friday afternoon, echoing what he had said earlier in the day.

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Here's what Perlman said earlier Friday, via HuskerExtra.com.

"Mike Riley was the first choice. We never talked to Bielema," Perlman said. "It seems odd that you would even think that we would. Here's a coach that, and I'm not saying anything about Bret, but he left Wisconsin last year for Arkansas. If he came here, do you think we'd have much confidence that he would stay? He didn't, obviously, so I'm not being critical of him. To think we would go after a coach who'd just moved after one year tells you that if he is going to move, it's not the character we want."

Bielema, who coached at Wisconsin through 2012, moved to Arkansas before the 2013 season.

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