Oregon State and former Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen agreed to part ways on Monday, opening the first new Power 5 job of the season after Week 6.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley is on his own hot seat. He came to Nebraska from — you guessed it — Oregon State.
People were quick to make the connection.
Mike Riley is totally going to take the same job three times isn't he
— BUM CHILLIPS (@edsbs) October 9, 2017
Can Mike Riley go home again? Does he want to?
— Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX) October 9, 2017
Here's a wild idea: Oregon State head coach Mike Riley
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) October 9, 2017
— NBCS Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) October 9, 2017
Just setting things up for the third Mike Riley era in Corvallis https://t.co/2qg7Ahd8SH
— Dustin Swedelson (@dustinswedelson) October 9, 2017
Mike Riley's replacement at Oregon State is out. It's a hard place to win. Keep that in mind when describing Riley as a .500 coach. https://t.co/fdyggPFCVb
— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 9, 2017
Riley didn’t just pass through Oregon State, either. He was in Corvallis for 14 years over two stints with the program and amassed a 93-80 record in the process. Riley’s teams finished ranked four times, and peaked at No. 13 in the AP Top 25 in 2009 before finishing 8-5. His teams finished with 10 wins in 2006 and had back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2007 and 2008 before reaching nine again in 2012. Riley’s team went 5-7 in 2014 before he took the Nebraska job.
Nebraska is coming off a loss to Wisconsin and hosts Ohio State on Saturday after a 3-3 start. Riley seems to be on the hot seat, and no matter what Nebraska says, the optics of firing the program’s athletic director in September are not great.
Is it fair to already speculate about a third tenure for Riley in Corvallis? No, but people are doing it anyway. Riley is under enough pressure already that this likely won’t be more than a blip on his radar.