The Nebraska Cornhuskers made a splashy hire this offseason, bringing in a former Nebraska quarterback in Scott Frost to run the program.

That puts an end to the Mike Riley era, and fans are hoping an end to the team’s recent struggles follows quickly.

At an alumni event this week, former Nebraska OL Dominic Raiola did not hold back when asked about the team’s disappointing stretch of seasons, tearing into the Riley era:

“I’ll be honest with you — it sucked,” he said. “I was never afraid to say I played at Nebraska because I knew 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 and other Nebraska alums will be watching eagerly as Frost takes the field for his first game this fall. If he struggles early, Raiola will tell it like it is when asked to assess the team’s performance.