LINCOLN, Neb. -- Dave Rimington is back in Nebraska this weekend, but not for the Huskers. Instead, he was awarding the Rimington Trophy, and he had plenty to say about his alma mater.
On Saturday evening Rimington handed out the 18th Rimington award to college football's most outstanding center. 10/11 sat down with him before the ceremony and talked about the future of his trophy, and the future of the Big Red.
Dave Rimington was a Nebraska All-American, played pro ball with the Bengals and Eagles, and most recently filled in as the interim Athletic Director for his alma mater.
"See if I could help out while they found a permanent AD. And I think they did a great job with Bill Moos," said Rimington.
He's back in town this weekend though, to hand out his personal award to this year's most outstanding center. He called it "adding them to the club."
"Every kid that we've had, every winner for the Rimington trophy has been a real good person. I mean you get to know them, really down to earth, really appreciative of what we're trying to do here," said Rimington.
Not only does the Trophy shine light on the center position, but it also raises money for a genetic disease.
"And this trophy's raised nearly 4 million dollars for cystic fibrosis after tonight," said Rimington.
For the future of the trophy, Rimington hopes to have more national recognition, and coverage from ESPN. As for the future of the Huskers, he said it looks promising.
"You know it's not going to be automatic with Scott. It's not going to be just because he won 12 games this year he's going to win 12 games next year. I think we've got the pieces in place. I think we've got the right mindset and the coaching staff," said Rimington.
Saturday's 2017 Rimington trophy went to Billy Price the center from Ohio State University.
Although Rimington won't be in Nebraska as much this year, he loves hosting the award ceremony in Lincoln, and plans to for years to come.