Riley has coached at Oregon State since 2003, following a 3 year stretch within the San Diego Chargers in the NFL and was hired shortly after Nebraska fired Pelini.
“It is truly an honor to join the University of Nebraska family,” Riley said in a statement released by Nebraska. “Though we love Corvallis and Oregon State, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to coach at one of the nation’s most storied football programs and I can’t wait to get started.”
This move has some people around college football scratching their heads, especially when one compares the performances of of Pelini and Riley’s teams over the stretch after Pelini was hired on at Nebraska.
Since 2008, the Cornhuskers were able to play to a winning percentage of .710, 3 ten win seasons, a 39-26 record against teams with records over .500, and 3 bowl victories under the guidance of Bo Pelini. Oregon State, however, only managed to play to a .523 winning percentage, no ten win seasons, a record of 27-31 against teams with records above .500, and only 2 bowl wins.
When one simply looks at those kind of numbers, it begs the question if Nebraska has been a bit hasty in their decision to hire Riley, and may even call into question if firing Pelini was the right move, as he was an instrumental part of making Nebraska a legitimate team to contend with in college football.
This speed of this move seems to imply that ebraska really had their eye on Riiley, and that they’ve seen enough from him to think that he will help lead the program to further success and become a contender in the national picture once again.
Nebraska’s athletic director Shawn Eichorst seems to have the utmost confidence in the hire, and definitely thinks that Riley is the man to help lead Nebraska into the future.
Eichorst said “I have no doubt that Mike will assemble a tremendous staff and lead our student-athletes to win Big Ten titles and compete for national championships in the years ahead.”
We’ll see if that confidence works out.