Three years after leaving Oregon State for Nebraska, Mike Riley returns to Beavers
Riley was 93-80 in two stints as the head coach of the Beavers
Mike Riley just can't stay away from Oregon State for long.
Three years after moving on to Nebraska after two stints as the head coach of the Beavers, Riley is coming back "home" to Oregon State as an assistant head coach without an actual position assignment under first-year coach Jonathan Smith.
"Current and former players thriving in the NFL and in life are proof of Coach Riley's tremendous ability to recruit outstanding young men," Smith said in a statement released by the school. "He understands what it takes to win in this conference, and how to evaluate and develop student-athletes. There is no one better to have represent OSU in the homes of recruits as we build this program."
Riley went 93-80 in two stints as the head coach of the Beavers (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 led the program to eight bowl games, a 10-win season in 2006 and will offer stability to a program that needs it. His 93 wins are the most for a head coach in program history.
What will his actual role be? That remains to be seen.
But with Smith -- who was a quarterback on Riley's Oregon State team in 1998 -- being a first time coach, part of his job description will undoubtedly be as a mentor and a common sense coach for Smith, who will be asked to make decisions that he has never made before now that he has the big office in the complex.
After moving on from Oregon State after the 2014 season, Riley went 19-19 (12-14 Big Ten) in three seasons as the coach of the Cornhuskers. He was fired following the season and replaced by Scott Frost.
CBS Sports HQ Daily Newsletter
Get the best highlights and stories - yeah, just the good stuff handpicked by our team to start your day.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
It's rare, especially at a place like FAU, for a coach to sign such a huge deal after one...
Antwan Dixon caught 26 passes for 355 yards and a touchdown in 2015
Win total selections and odds for all 12 teams in the American Athletic Conference ahead of...
Robertson was the top receiver in the country in the class of 2016
Win total selections and odds for all 14 teams in the ACC ahead of the 2018 season
Kiffin told the story on Marty Smith's podcast