LINCOLN, NE – DECEMBER 5: Mike Riley, newly hired head football coach at the University of Nebraska, talks with members of the media during a press conference inside Memorial Stadium December 5, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Mike Riley was a weird choice for Nebraska when he was hired to replace Bo Pelini back in late 2014. After three seasons and a 19-19 (12-14) record, Riley clearly didn’t work out.Nebraska is a unique program given its high expectations and history of success, but lack of a natural recruiting ground. Things have also changed with the move to the Big Ten, which makes it a bit more difficult for the Huskers to get a lot of talent from Texas, as it did as a member of the Big 12.The notion of a program hiring one of its own is a nice thought, and sometimes it pays great dividends, but plenty of the best coaches have no previous ties to the schools they become famous for coaching.However, Scott Frost has also more that proven that he has the potential to be an elite college head coach. Naturally those around the Huskers program are excited about him being there.Former Nebraska All-American center Dominic Raiola shared his thoughts about the coaching transition.Raiola was one of many Husker greats attending an alumni banquet for letter winners this week.Looking forward to the first ever #Husker @alumni_cap banquet tonight! Great time earlier today at the meet’n greet with so many of my Husker brothers. #Legends pic.twitter.com/phbHBDwzi7— Adam Carriker (@AdamCarriker94) June 15, 2018He was asked about the move to Scott Frost. During his answer, he laid into Mike Riley and his staff.I asked former Nebraska offensive lineman Dominic Raiola how much it hurt him to see the football program do so poorly and his response, um, is worth a listen: #Huskers pic.twitter.com/uuxkcX6crA— Dan Corey (@DanCorey1011) June 15, 2018His answer from the clip, posted by 1011 Now News anchor Dan Corey:“I’ll be honest with you. It sucked. I was never afraid to say I played at Nebraska because what it was back then. But it sucked that they let these people come in, basically let Oregon State come in and try to be Nebraska. It’s not going to happen.Their expectation level wasn’t high. The standard that was being run around here wasn’t high… You have to be here to know what it’s like, and to know what a championship felt like, and these guys know that.”Raiola got to Nebraska in 1998, right after Scott Frost’s departure. He went on to a storied three year college career, before being a second round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He played his entire 14-year NFL career with the team.
The county library does a lot more for the community than just provide books.The Simcoe branch of the Norfolk County Public Library recently opened a free pantry, and is offering patrons support of the Canadian Mental Health Association one day a week.These are both brought in by an activist group called RISE (Raising awareness, Improving conditions, Striving for social equity, and Evaluating actions and knowledge). People can drop into the monthly RISE meetings to chat about the issues they face living in Norfolk County.Some of the issues discussed by the group are lack of accessible and affordable housing, lack of access to nutritious food, and the general stigma attached to using programs like Ontario Works.The Little Free Pantry has been open for almost two weeks and has already been heavily accessed by people in the community.Anyone that would like to donate to the pantry is reminded they are not accepting food donations. They are looking for things that may not be covered by a food bank such as sanitary products, shampoo, tissues, and paper towels. All donations can be brought to the front desk.Accessing the pantry can be totally anonymous, and it is placed in a selected area to provide privacy.“They do not have to identify themselves, they just go over to the corner that it’s in, which is by the end of the fiction section, or they can ask staff for directions as to how to find it,” said Beverly Slater, manager of programming and communications at the Norfolk County Public Library.The unveiling of the pantry comes just after the library system offered income tax preparation for low-income residents and families. Seven hundred returns were filed through the program.Slater said that assisting those in need is “a very important part of our job as the library and as one of our community hubs.”“We have a need in our community to give access and to help,” she added.The library is also holding open office hours with Brandy Weaver, a case manager and transition support worker with the Canadian Mental Health Association of Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk. The hours are currently being held on Tuesdays at the Simcoe branch.Weaver will be open to discussing community support, counseling, family support, housing, mental health, and vocational support with anyone in the community seeking email@example.com