Mike Riley returns to Oregon State as assistant head coach

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

Mike Riley is returning to the Oregon State football program for a third tour of duty, this time as an assistant coach under first-year head coach Jonathan Smith. He left Oregon State after the 2014 season to become coach at Nebraska.

That move makes all kinds of sense from Smith's perspective given that he has not functioned as a head coach at this level and, for Riley, it is a return to a very familiar venue. Riley was most recently head coach at Nebraska. Now returning to Corvallis, Riley's role on HC Jonathan Smith's staff is still being ironed out. "He understands what it takes to win in this conference, and how to evaluate and develop student-athletes". Bray was Nebraska's linebackers coach and he served as the interim head coach for a week before the Huskers hired Scott Frost. Now he's going back to Corvallis, Ore., this time as an assistant.

He may not have enjoyed big success (19-19 record) in three seasons at Nebraska but Mike Riley is a quality football coach and he brings stability to the table in his new spot. He was sacked following the season and replaced by Scott Frost.

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Riley led OSU to eight bowl games in his 14 seasons, including 10 wins in 2006. Other new coaches include Jim Michalczik, Brian Lindgren, Jake Cookus, and Mike McDonald (strength and conditioning).

Under Cory Hall and Gary Andersen last season, the Beavers finished last in the Pac-12 standings and went 1-11, the program's fewest wins since 1995.

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