Former Oregon State head coach, Mike Riley, 61, has been hired by Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst to lead the Huskers back to gridiron glory.

Coach Mike Riley

Riley is a native of Wallace, Idaho, and the son of a football coach. He played QB at Corvallis High School in Oregon, before moving to defensive back under Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama.

Riley is 93-80 as a college coach, which may fail to excite over-eager Nebraska fans. But that negative point of view is shortsighted and foolhardy. The naysayers are failing to see Riley’s work at Oregon State as a masterpiece.

I live in Oregon. Allow me to explain. Corvallis, Oregon is a small town. One of only two small towns in the Pac 12 conference. Perhaps, more importantly Corvallis is not Eugene, which is another way of saying Oregon State is not flashy and not the place five star recruits are hoping to land.

Coach Riley does a lot with a little, and now that he’s at the helm of a storied program with unlimited resources, he’s in a position to do amazing things.

I am thrilled with this hire. After more than a decade of football fiascos, Nebraska badly needs a professional, a proven leader and a man of character. Coach Riley is this man.

Go Big Red.

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