Who will be next OSU offensive coordinator?

WHICH WAY WILL Mike Riley go with his offensive coordinator hire? Will he go out and get a guy to fill the roles of both OC and quarterbacks coach, or will he promote an OC from within and then bring in a coach to fill a different and just vacated assistant spot?

Good luck trying to figure it out at this point. Mike Riley has been purposely vague on what he intends to do, mentioning both of the above scenarios as possibilities.

The day before Signing Day, Riley had someone in for an interview though he wouldn't say who.

"I'd like to get that done as soon as possible and yet explore some possibilities I have," said Riley.

I just keep coming back to one name: Mike Johnson.

JOHNSON PREVIOUSLY coached WRs and QBs at Oregon State and was with Riley at San Diego. He has more than 10 years experience as an NFL coach, something that always helps out on the recruiting trail.

And as far as that goes, Johnson has strong recruiting ties in California.

IF RILEY DOESN'T bring in a guy to fill the dual role vacated by Danny Langsdorf headed to the NFL's New York Giants, there could be some serious shuffling.

How about one of these scenarios? Promote someone on staff to OC, bring back chief of staff Jay Locey to a TE coaching role. Or promote from within but only as OC and transition Ryan Gunderson from his player personnel job to an assistant position, probably QBs coach. Or maybe some combination of all that with someone out of left field in the mix, say former Michigan OC/QBs coach Al Borges.

Riley may have dropped a hint of which way he was leaning when he talked about having an assistant coach in charge of the tight ends, rather than a graduate assistant as has been the case in recent years.

Those seem like more of a long shot, as does something where Riley would go out and get Jonathan Smith who has been newly hired at UW as offensive coordinator. But there seem to be more and more assistants hired at one place only to bolt within days or weeks for another locale these days.

The bottom line is Riley needs an offensive coordinator and QBs coach, one way or the other. Riley has said he'd like to have it wrapped up and a hire in place in the next week or so. My money is on Johnson.


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