Mike Riley: Loves his new opportunity!

posted by Ron Callan -

He is back in a huge comfort zone. Mike Riley, a Corvallis native will be the assistant head coach for Jonathan Smith. This is a fantastic hire. Mike knows his home town...he knows the Pac-12 and he knows how to recruit excellent players. Just check current NFL rosters and see the number of Beavers who played under Riley. Now there are naysayers who believe Riley will be a huge shadow cast over the first-year head coach. That is exactly the opposite of what will happen. Mike wants Coach Smith to flourish and so rest easy....and just revel in the fact this new coaching staff will be a great mix of veteran and up and coming coaches. I posted one of Mike's big moments at Oregon State when ASU came to Corvallis....and the Beavs upset the number six team in the nation 35-27....Riley's final home victory before leaving to go to Lincoln