In what will unquestionably go down as one of the stealthiest training quests in late memory, Nebraska employed Oregon State’s Mike Riley on Thursday, poaching the longest-tenured mentor in the Pac-12. It was a staggering move, in light of the fact that Riley has talked transparently about needing to resign in Corvallis, Ore., the city where he was raised (his father, Bud, was a colleague at Oregon State from 1965-’72 and again in ’79), the city he retreated to (he was the Beavers head mentor from ’97-’98 preceding returning in 2003) and the city where his just grandchild lives (Elijah, 3, is a consistent guest to Riley’s office).
Past the stun esteem, notwithstanding, this move bodes well in a few ways.
Take his old enrolling circumstance, for example. Oregon State, to put it pleasantly, needs assets. The Beavers have a half-completed stadium, an antiquated operations building and one of the littlest towns in the Pac-12. It’s an extreme offer to prospects, particularly given the greater part of Riley’s enlisting was carried out in California. At Nebraska he will at last have a brand-name project to pitch. The Cornhuskers have tons of cash, assets and convention. Nebraska may not brag the fruitful enlisting ground that a vocation like Florida does, yet it has more ability than the condition of Oregon, unquestionably; consider that the Huskers’ 2014 lists offered 60 players from in state. Riley and his Oregon State staff had a talent for finding under-the-radar enrolls and forming them into all-gathering abilities (see: Mike Hass, Keenan Lewis, Jacquizz Rodgers). Presently, he’ll have the capacity to stock a program with both.