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Nebraska football coach Mike Riley knew it would be a curiosity, that for-sale sign poking out of the lawn of his home in south Lincoln.

He knows opposing coaches could use it against him in recruiting.

So, he was happy to explain.

The problem is, he told the Journal Star on Tuesday, his wife experiences physiological reactions to certain materials such as paint.

"My wife (Dee) is really having trouble with the chemical sensitivity," he said. "We moved stuff in there (the new house). But she can't live there. It burns. It starts out with a rash, sore throat, headache ...

"Every time she was in town and went back there to the house, it was bad. There's nothing to it except for that. So, we've got another plan, which I'm kind of excited about. We have a couple possibilities for the short term downtown."

After staying downtown in a condominium or apartment for a period, he said, the next stage would be to build a new home from scratch "with the correct material. That's going to be the key."

For now, the coach's headquarters remain the Embassy Suites downtown.

The chemical situation dates to their days at Oregon State, he said.

"We moved out of our house in Corvallis (Oregon) for a year because they put some chemicals down that threw Dee for a loop and started this whole process," Riley said.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com.

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Husker columnist

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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