Mike Riley leaving OSU again to coach team in new professional football league

Mike Riley (KPTV file image)

Mike Riley’s latest return to Oregon State University will be a short one.

Riley, who had two prior stints as head coach of the Beavers football program, returned to Corvallis in December 2017 to be an assistant coach under Jonathan Smith.

Riley had most recently led the football program at Nebraska.

Now, before the season begins, Oregon State announced Riley will again be leaving the program, this time for the new Alliance of American Football league.

The first-year league begins play in February 2019. Riley will be the head coach of the San Antonio franchise.

“There already is tremendous interest from coaches around the country to join our team,” said Oregon State head football coach Jonathan Smith, who was hired in November 2017. “We will hire the right coach who will help us build on the significant momentum we have underway in recruiting and student-athlete development.”

Oregon State begins summer offseason workouts June 25 and returns to formal practice Aug. 3 in preparation for the 2018 season.

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