Indeed, it's just not in his nature.
And so Riley's comment, when you see it in print and thus without any tonal quality, could well be misconstrued. Here's what Riley said..
"We (college football coaches) all would like different situations," said Riley. "We would like not to have some of the injuries that we've had. We'd like to have Tavita (Thompson available), we've like to have Al Afalava for the (Stanford) game, but we don't. And we're going to win it despite that."
What Riley was referring to was the mindset -- from the players to the coaches and down through everyone involved in the OSU football program, that whatever adversity may come their way, they go into every game at Oregon State not hoping, but expecting, to overcome any obstacles and come out with a W.
In other words, no big deal. It was this correspondent who asked the question that produced Riley's answer and it was clear, standing three feet away from him, the Beavs' thought process and the particular point he was expressing.
And you can listed to Riley talk about it yourself in the BF.C audio clip of the day, which also includes Riley speaking to whether he's decided yet on who takes Afalava's place on Thursday, here:
SATURDAY'S PRACTICE TIME was moved to the morning, probably to avoid the heat sliding its way into the valley on Saturday afternoon. Players were back at the Truax outdoor facility after plying their wares at Reser the past two days and, as expected, were in shells (shoulder pads and helmets).
Shells meant limited contact on the day, with the Stanford game now getting bigger in the window. The Beavs have been decreasing the hard hits substantially ever since the second and final formal scrimmage was held.
Still, a lot of work was done by the Oregon State players and staff on Saturday.
INDEED, IT WAS a lengthy session, but not much can be said about the Beavs' practice.
A good number of offensive and defensive plays designed for Stanford were the order of the day, and it's a long understood tradition in the game of football that between those who cover practice, and those who coach, the inner workings are sacrosanct, so naturally this report will not go into detail.
There were skelly drills and scrimmaging, followed by a spirited and lengthy session with the scout teams.
The usual suspects had standout days on offense, QB Lyle Moevao and a wide array of the playmakers. The defense also rose to the occasion, with a number of solid defensive plays turned in across the board. But the next, or first, time you take in a Beavers' practice, make sure to set aside a little time to watch the hosses down in the trenches.
BECAUSE O-LINE coach Mike Cavanaugh is something to watch.
His energy is tireless, and he's continually in pursuit of perfection -- and that means so are the hosses up front.
The offensive line on Saturday drilled over and over on the nuances of the game plan.
BEAVER SPECIAL TEAMS continued to ride a building wave.
The units have been getting more work as gameday approaches, along with some decent results, and STs coach Dave Ungerer issued praise for a few different players on Saturday.
AMONG THE DEFENSIVE highlights, a pair of prescient pass breakups -- plus an interception-- by Lance Mitchell. The pick was a matter of Mitchell making the right read and jumping the route.
The play of the day turned in by the defense, however, was definitely Al Afalava's pass break up.
It was a smart play just to get a hand on it, and he nearly picked it off. The plays of the day on offense were two, but no details will be reported for the reason listed above.