Is new DBs coach announcement imminent?

FILLING THE OPEN secondary coach position at Oregon State has been something of a journey the past few weeks. An announcement, however, may be imminent according to a report.

Footballscoop.com, which has a solid track record in these matters, reported Monday that Mike Riley will likely name former Indianapolis Colts assistant Rod Perry his new defensive backs coach today.

The Portland Tribune reported Riley had made an offer to his first choice back on Jan. 27 so given the time that's elapsed since then, it's unclear if that offer was to Perry or someone else.

If it is Perry, it's an intriguing choice. He has been away from the college ranks for some time, but his pro résumé is extensive.

He has coached defensive backs at each of his six different NFL stops over the years, though his most recent stint in Indianapolis lists his title as special assistant to the defense.

The key period in a coaching career that stretches back to 1989 is the stint at San Diego from 1997-2001.

Riley was the head man at San Diego from 1999-2001.

Perry's career in the NFL has seen stops with Indianapolis (2007–present), Carolina (2002–2006), San Diego (1997–2001), Houston (1995–1996), Los Angeles (Rams) (1992–1994) and Seattle, (1989–91).

Perry began his coaching career at Columbia in 1985 and Fresno City College in 1986. He spent 1987-88 at Fresno State before starting his professional coaching career.

Perry, 58, played 10 years in the NFL as a defensive back, with the Rams and Browns and was named to two Pro Bowls. He was a fourth round draft pick out of Colorado in 1975.

The spot on Riley's staff opened after Keith Heyward bolted OSU for the UW in mid-January.


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