Dave Rimington had a pretty good streak going as Nebraska's interim athletic director.

He attended Nebraska's volleyball victories against top-10 foes Minnesota and Wisconsin in late September just days after setting foot on campus. The Nebraska football team won at Illinois that same weekend.

"For a while there, I was 5-0 and I was thinking, 'Man, this isn't that hard,'" the former Husker All-American said Sunday, jokingly of course. "Then the last two games I go, 'It is pretty hard.'"

Rimington's time in Lincoln was short. That was to be expected. When he was announced as interim AD on Sept. 26, he was working on a two-month deal. Two months turned into four weeks.

Nebraska announced Bill Moos as permanent athletic director Sunday, and his first day on the job is Monday. Rimington said he will stay in Lincoln through this weekend and head back to New York to continue his work as CEO of the Boomer Esiason Foundation.

But make no mistake. Rimington got a lot out of his brief time in the interim role, calling it an "opportunity of a lifetime."

He was part of Nebraska's 20-person committee — made up of ex-players, current players, coaches and university leaders — that offered notes on the qualities it wanted to see in the next athletic director.

Rimington turned his focus to an N Club facility on field level of Memorial Stadium. "Pick that up" and make it nicer for former players.

He voiced his thoughts on the current standing of Nebraska's walk-on program in football, pushing for ways to keep in-state high school players from leaving for smaller Division I schools.

It's hard to say if Rimington's words will alter the walk-on landscape at Nebraska, but his message was loud and clear.

"For a 21-day period, I think that's pretty good," Rimington said of his accomplishments as interim AD.

Rimington, who loves to travel the world, entered an unknown adventure when he told UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green that he would step in to help his alma mater as a search for a permanent AD began.

"(I) never dealt with this at all," Rimington said of the situation.

But he made sure to enjoy it.

Rimington's family was in town last weekend for the Ohio State game. His kids saw their first Husker game, and did so from the AD suite. He was on the volleyball court when Jordan Larson had her jersey retired. He was among fellow Husker legends at last week's Hall of Fame event.

Rimington's favorite memory as interim AD?

"I had a heck of a time at the volleyball game," he said.

Rimington's time in Lincoln also allowed him to talk to more fans, alumni and former players.

The feedback: "I think that everybody wants to see the program succeed," said Rimington, who had his No. 50 jersey retired in 1982. "The old guys … want to see it like we had it. We want our young kids to see that everything is possible here, and since 1999 we haven't won a (conference) championship. So a lot of the things that we went through, they haven't. 

"So we just want to see a little more success on the football team and see their young people really catch hold of being a Nebraskan and football."

Rimington was asked following Moos' introductory news conference Sunday if his time as an NU athletic administrator has him thinking of returning to Lincoln down the road.

"It's an opportunity," he said. "When they asked me to do it (serve as interim), I said, 'Sure,' because this is a great opportunity for me and I think it enhanced my executive style … there was no downside at all."

As for the man taking over Rimington's desk on the third floor on the north side of Memorial Stadium, the former Husker center calls Moos, who also played offensive line in college, an excellent fit.

"He's got a lot of experience and you can see that with the way he answers the questions," Rimington said. "He's well-prepared.

"I think we're in good hands. He knows a lot of coaches and he knows a lot of people and has a great managing style. I think he did well with the coaches this afternoon and leadership staff up on the third floor. I feel like we're going in the right direction."

Just how Rimington wanted to leave it.

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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