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Mike Riley named Nebraska head coach

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KWWL) -

The Associated Press reports that the University of Nebraska has hired Oregon State's Mike Riley as their new head coach.

The announcement comes just days after the Cornhuskers fired head coach Bo Pelini following a 9-3 regular season which included a win over Iowa on Black Friday in Iowa City.

Mike Riley played high school football in Corvallis, Oregon, but played college football at Alabama under legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

Riley began his coaching career in 1987 as the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League for four seasons. After being hired to coach several failed teams in smaller leagues, he returned to the college ranks as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at USC.

Riley then spent the 1997 and 1998 seasons as the head coach at Oregon State before becoming the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. Riley was fired after three seasons and then became an assistant fo the New Orleans Saints.

Riley returned to Oregon State in 2003. In 12 seasons as the head coach in Corvallis, the Beavers made eight bowl games. They won six of those. Oregon State ended the 2014 season with a 5-7 overall record and a 2-7 conference record.

Riley will be the 32nd head coach in Nebraska football history. 

 

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