So who WILL NOT be new Beav coach?

THERE WAS PRECIOUS little chance Oregon State was going to elevate one of Mike Riley’s assistants to the head job anyway. It seems a slam dunk now. Several outlets have reported defensive coordinator Mark Banker will be joining Riley. Also reportedly on Riley’s first staff at Nebraska will be OL coach Mike Cavanaugh, WR coach Brent Brennan, LB coach Trent Bray and special teams coach Bruce Read.

There hasn’t been official word on any of the assistant moves to Nebraska -- and some of the reporting is reporting cited unattributed sources. So you can take most of this with a grain of salt.

But it does seem clear Trent Bray is already on board, he’s been actively recruiting to Nebraska – former Beav commit Tyrin Ferguson flipped his pledge to Bray and Nebraska this weekend.

Cavanaugh looks equally as certain to move on after son Blair Cavanaugh tweeted congratulations to his dad on the new gig in Lincoln.

Banker (pictured above) has been reported as a near-certainty by several outlets to join Riley at Nebraska, while Brennan is the newest name to be reported as joining Riley at Nebraska. (Some media outlets were starting to pull back a bit on Brennan-to-Nebraska at last check.)

What could it all mean? Riley could take those five, it could mean others have been offered to come along with Riley but are still deciding, or it could still be that at least some of the reports are premature.

Take this example from a couple days ago: there were several media reports mentioning that Ed Orgeron could well be joining Riley at Nebraska. Orgeron wants a head job but after being out of coaching a year, might well be ready to take a DC post.

The only problem with that is that Riley's longtime DC, Banker, was then almost immediately being reported as headed to Nebraska with Riley, seeming to indicate the varying reports on Orgeron that came out had little or no substance behind them.

Regardless of the unattributed innuendo that comes out these days with respect to coaching departures and hires, the number of assistants staying or going matters greatly to Oregon State -- because whoever is left behind needs to be out on the recruiting trail and on the phone trying to hold the recruiting class together.

The Beavs have lost at least four verbals since the Riley news broke: Ferguson, Treshon Broughton, Adrienne Talan and Nick Porebski.

Meanwhile, the Beavs ostensibly have four full-time OSU assistants remaining -- five if you count Brennan: offensive coordinator John Garrett, running backs coach Chris Brasfield, secondary coach Rod Perry and defensive line coach Joe Seumalo.

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