Former Nebraska head coach Mike Riley has had an interesting journey throughout his career, but he is excited for the upcoming season with Oregon State.
Riley, who coached Nebraska from 2015-2017, returned to Oregon State after being dismissed following a 4-8 season with the Cornhuskers. He previously served as the head coach of the Beavers during two separate stints, but he will serve in a unique role this time around.
According to Nick Daschel with The Oregonian, Riley gave up his position as an assistant coach with the Beavers to become the head coach of San Antonio’s franchise of the Alliance of American Football. However, he will remain with Oregon State through this season as a consultant.
Daschel indicated that Riley is not allowed to coach but will be at every practice to observe and provide help to the coaching staff. Riley especially hopes to help head coach Jonathan Smith with anything he needs.
When it was all said and done, Riley wanted to make sure he worked out a deal where he could assist Oregon State while also accepting the new head coaching position in San Antonio:
“I wasn’t going to do it until I could work out a deal where I was connected to Oregon State. It took two months to make a decision, to work it all out,” Riley said. “I wanted to stay connected, but I also want to do this new job.”
Daschel indicated that Riley would remain with the Beavers through this season and will then head to San Antonio.