Mike Riley simply can not stay away from Oregon State for long.
Three years after moving to Nebraska after two seasons as head coach of the Beavers, Riley returns "home" to Oregon State as "Current and former players who thrive in the NFL and in life are proof of the Coach Riley's tremendous ability to recruit outstanding young men, "Smith said in a statement. published by the school. "He understands what it takes to win at this conference, and how to evaluate and develop student athletes – there is no one better to represent OSU in the homes of the recruits while we build this program."
Riley was 93-80 in two seasons as Beaver Beaver coach (1997-98, 2003-14), was the Pac-10 coach of the year in 2008 when the Beavers went 9-4 and upset then no. 1 USC in Corvallis. He directed the program to eight bowl games, a season of 10 wins in 2006 and will offer stability to a program that needs it. His 93 victories are more for a head coach in the program's history.
What will be your real role? That remains to be seen.
But with Smith, who was a field marshal on Riley's Oregon state team in 1998, being a first-time coach, part of the job description will undoubtedly be a common sense mentor and coach for Smith, who will be asked to make decisions that he had never made before, now that he has a large office in the complex.
After moving from Oregon State after the 2014 season, Riley had 19-19 (12-14 Big Ten) in three seasons as coach of the Cornhuskers. He was fired after the season and replaced by Scott Frost.