Mike Riley is headed back to his comfort zone.
On Thursday, Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reported that former Nebraska head coach Mike Riley is returning to Oregon State for the third time in his career, this time as an assistant head coach. The announcement was made official when head coach Jonathan Smith tweeted out the additions to his staff.
In his previous two stints in Corvallis, Riley was the head coach of the Beavers.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 7, 2017
Riley was the head coach at Oregon State from 1997-1998, going 8-15 in his first two seasons. He then jumped to the NFL to coach the San Diego Chargers.
But Riley returned to Corvallis in 2003 and coached the Beavers for the next 12 seasons. During his second stay, he won at least nine games in four seasons and went 85-65 during that stretch. At the end of the 2014 season, Riley was hired as the head coach at Nebraska.
In three seasons with the Huskers, Riley was 19-19, including a 4-8 record in 2017. He was fired after the season finale against Iowa.