As the University at Buffalo football team was being honored at halftime of Thursday's basketball game against Tulane, the Bulls' student section made their feelings clear about Turner Gill.
"Turner stay, Turner stay!" they chanted. "Turner stay!"
Afterward, the only thing Gill wanted to discuss was UB football, not the possibility of becoming the next coach at Nebraska. Gill, a front-runner for the job almost from the time Tom Osborne became the interim athletics director at the school, declined comment on anything Cornhuskers related Thursday.
"Unable to comment," Gill said. "That's all I can say."
Also Thursday, Osborne declared himself the interim coach until he hires a successor to Bill Callahan, allowing Nebraska's beloved former coach to visit prospective recruits and try to prevent the program from slipping during the recruiting contact period. Osborne said he hoped to have a new coach by next week.
Gill, who according to sources met with Nebraska officials Monday, was also asked if he had been contacted by other schools, and also declined comment. Gill's name has surfaced for openings at Washington State as well as Duke. He said he remains committed to coaching at UB.
At the halftime ceremony, Gill thanked UB President John Simpson, Athletics Director Warde Manuel and the fans. He took a team photo with the players, who were all wearing Mid-American Conference East Division champion T-shirts (they were cochampions), then met with the media.
"It's great to have the excitement at the University at Buffalo, that's what we came here for," said Gill following the ceremony. "We have started a legacy here, a winning program in the MAC and we're going to build on that."
Gill has been recruiting since last Sunday and the recruits have been curious about his status. Several recruits are scheduled to visit the UB campus this weekend.
"I'm the head football coach [at] the University at Buffalo, that's what I tell them," he said. "I've got the recruits that I'm after and we're doing it like everything is normal."
Of course, nothing will become normal again -- at least for UB fans -- until Nebraska hires its next football coach.
UB senior defensive end Trevor Scott has been invited to play in the second Texas versus the Nation All-Star Challenge, Feb. 2 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
Scott was the second UB player invited to this game, joining center Jamey Richard -- who also accepted an invitation to play in the Hula Bowl.