Posted December 14, 2012

Report: Wisconsin to interview Oregon State’s Mike Riley for head coaching job

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Oregon State head coach Mike Riley is set to interview for Wisconsin’s open head-coaching position, CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler reported Thursday night.

Fowler also reported that Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is under consideration:

The long-time Beavers coach is set to interview with Wisconsin this week, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is also a candidate. Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads garnered interest early in the process but nothing materialized.

SI’s Pete Thamel reported Thursday that Miami head coach Al Golden turned down overtures by Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez.

Riley is in the midst of his second stint as Oregon State’s head coach — this one started in 2003. From 1999-2001, Riley coached the NFL’s San Diego Chargers. He has an 81-66 career record with the Beavers, including a 9-3 finish this season and an Alamo Bowl berth.

According to his official Oregon State biography, Riley is under contract through 2019. His contract “rolls over” one year every time the Beavers earn a bowl berth.

Wisconsin is replacing Bret Bielema, who left the school last week to take over the helm at Arkansas.


9 comments
Craig
Craig

I'm not sure why this is still hanging around.  There never was a grain of truth to the CBS report regarding Riley, and it's been completely debunked by everyone now.  Old news...or rather, old lies.  'Bout time somebody called the man who originated it and ask some serious questions.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

On the Badgers Sports show the other day the discussion was that they would simply be going through the motions on a team hire. It wouldn't surprise anyone to see Alvarez quit his AD job to take over the Badgers coaching gig full time. 

 

To that I say...B.S.! Apparently nobody in the Sports Writers community in Wisconsin has bothered to take a GOOD LOOK at Barry's girth, and the fact he's hobbled from knee injuries, and requires a F'n cane to get around. Ain't going to happen, especially after the Badgers get smoked by Stanford. 

J.r.Richard
J.r.Richard

 @Wisconsin Death Trip  AD/Coach Alvarez made Wisconsin, before he got there they were a joke, no better than Minnesota, so show some respect. Besides it won't be that hard, just keep feeding Monte Ball. 

mefoster86
mefoster86

I say this as a B1G fan....this is a lateral move at BEST. Right now the PAC-12 is better than the B1G, and I imagine recruiting on the west coast is a lot easier than it is in Wisconsin.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Riley is a good football man. It's all about recruiting.  Can Riley recruit the midwest or have the energy at 59?? Probably not.

moocowrecords
moocowrecords

I'm a Badger fan and would love the hire... but he isn't going anywhere. Why should he? I also thought that about BB...

stuckinlodi
stuckinlodi

Riley should stay  home.  Corvallis is just a perfect fit for him.  He doesn't need anther adventure elsewhere.