Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has thanked the fanbase and everyone around college football for all the well wishes following his father’s passing.

Chinander’s dad passed away in a tragic accident weeks ago after failing to stop at the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 14 in Iowa. His truck veered off the main road and collided with a parked semi-trailer.

He spoke candidly to the media on Tuesday and said that to everyone who has sent something, it means a whole lot.

“I want to say thank you to the Husker Nation, including media, fans, colleagues, student-athletes, all the coaches around the country just for the tweets, for the cards, for the texts, and for the kind words. Thank you guys very much. Anybody that sent anything, it meant a lot to me and the family.”

Chinander then touched on his father a little bit and how he knows he would’ve wanted him to continue his coaching career.

“Obviously you don’t want things like that to happen. My dad was a football coach for a long time and I know what he would want me to do. I know what he trained me to be. And so, you don’t want things like that to happen. Nobody does. But right now, we have a job to do. He would want me to do my job. He wants me to be here for the players and for this program and that’s what I’m gonna do.”

Here is his full statement: