Oregon State hiring ex-Nebraska coach Mike Riley as assistant coach

Oregon State hiring ex-Nebraska coach Mike Riley as assistant coach

Now returning to Corvallis, Riley's role on HC Jonathan Smith's staff is still being ironed out.

Riley has twice been the coach of the Beavers and is considered to be the most successful coach in school history.

Former Oregon State University head coach Mike Riley is returning as assistant coach. He coached in Corvallis from 1997-98 and 2003-14 before he was hired by Shawn Eichorst at Nebraska. He brought Smith in as a walk-on quarterback in 1997, and Smith would go on to become the Beavers' starting quarterback from 1998-2001, which included the 2000 Fiesta Bowl season. "He understands what it takes to win in this conference, and how to evaluate and develop student-athletes".

When Smith was officially introduced as OSU's next head football coach November 30, he noted that his former coaches at OSU - Riley and Dennis Erickson - could have a role on his staff. Riley left Corvallis after a 12-year run following the 2014 season for Nebraska, where he went 19-19 over the past three seasons and was sacked November 25. I could coach quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, tight ends.

According to the Oregonian, Trent Bray is expected to join Oregon State's staff, though his duties are unclear.

Riley spent the past three seasons at Nebraska, going 19-19 over his tenure.

Riley's position assignment has yet to be determined. Riley was due $6.63 million from December 1 through the remaining 39 months of his contract at Nebraska, a monthly cut of $170,000.

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