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Nebraska coach Riley says Tenopir will ‘forever be a Husker’ | KTIC Radio

Nebraska coach Riley says Tenopir will ‘forever be a Husker’

Nebraska coach Riley says Tenopir will ‘forever be a Husker’
In this Oct. 24, 2015, photo, former Nebraska offensive line coach Milt Tenopir holds the 1996 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl trophy before an NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Lincoln, Neb. Tenopir, who coached some of college football's most dominant offensive lines with Nebraska in the 1980s and '90s, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 76. Tenopir's daughter, Kim Lester, confirmed Tenopir's death Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Tenopir, who retired in 2003, was considered a guru of line play during his 29 years with the Cornhuskers. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska coach Mike Riley has released a statement on the passing of former Cornhuskers offensive line coach Milt Tenopir.

The second-year Nebraska coach said Tuesday that Tenopir “was a great man and it was a blessing for our staff to get to know him over the past couple years. He will be truly missed but the impact he left will always be remembered. Milt will forever be a Husker.”

Tenopir, who died Monday night, was often at practices and had a close relationship with current line coach Mike Cavanaugh.

Tenopir retired in 2003 after 29 years at Nebraska. He coached the “Pipeline” lines that paved the way to three national championships in four seasons in the 1990s.

Tenopir’s daughter, Kim Lester, said her father died of cancer. He was 76.

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