Nebraska hires Oregon State coach Mike Riley

Nebraska has gone west to fill its vacant coaching position, as the school announced on Thursday that it had hired Oregon State coach Mike Riley to replace Bo Pelini. Riley will be introduced in a press conference on Friday morning.

The move comes as quite the surprise, as Mike Riley's name never even came up as a possibility in Lincoln, and Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst was able to keep the process very quiet. 

Riley has spent 14 seasons at Oregon State in two separate stints (he left from 1999 to 2001 to coach the San Diego Chargers). In those 14 seasons Riley has gone 93-80 overall, and 58-63 in Pac-12 play. The 61-year-old Riley is from Idaho, and played his college ball as a defensive back at Alabama from 1970 to 1974. Since leaving school he's been in coaching, taking his first job as a grad assistant at Cal in 1975.

Mike Riley went 93-80 in 14 seasons at Oregon State
Mike Riley went 93-80 in 14 seasons at Oregon State. (USATSI)

He has spent time as a head coach at numerous places, including the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Canada, the San Antonio Riders in the long-defunct World League of American Football, as well as at Oregon State and in the NFL with the Chargers.

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