Mike Riley embraces new challenge as Nebraska’s head coach


tmzIn 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.

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