Riley's Back

Mike Riley will be announced as the next head coach at Oregon State in a press conference today at 1 PM.

Riley will sign a five-year contract with an unprecedented buyout clause, believed to be more than $1 million.

Riley was chosen over Boise State's Dan Hawkins, Colorado State's Sonny Lubick, and offensive line/assistant head coach Gregg Smith.

Riley returns to Corvallis after leading the Beavers to an 8-14 record in two seasons, 1997 and 1998, before taking a job with the NFL's San Diego Chargers. He has been credited as being a major reason Oregon State was able to break its streak of 28 consecutive losing seasons in 1999 under former coach Dennis Erickson.

Like Erickson, Riley did not achieve success in the NFL and has emphazised his desire to return to the collegiate ranks for one last job. It appears he will get that chance at OSU.

Riley will officially be introduced as the 28th coach in Oregon State football history, February 20, in the Valley Football Center, at 1 p.m. PST.

Several radio and television stations will broadcast the press conference.

KEX Radio -- Portland
KEJO Radio -- Mid-Willamette Valley
ESPN News Television
KVAL Television (Eugene, OR)
KATU Television (Portland, OR)

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