Riley joins Oregon State staff

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley (left) walks off Tom Osborne field with Mikale Wilbon (21) as the Huskers lost to Northern Illinois on Sept. 16, 2017 at Memorial Stadium (KHGI)

If we could all be so lucky on the unemployment line.

"Right now, I’m at this next moment, looking forward to being a granddaddy and then we’ll see what the future brings," said Mike Riley, when asked about being unemployed following his being fired by Nebraska on Nov. 25.

The granddaddy time lasting less than 14 days for Mike Riley, who didn't know what was next for him.

"I still feel real young and ready to coach, but at the same time there might be other plans for me," he stated.

No more Mr. Nice Guy in Lincoln, but Riley's desires to coach again see him heading back to Oregon State, the school announced Thursday. Riley is returning as an assistant head coach to the recently hired Jonathan Smith, who is a former quarterback Riley recruited to Corvallis, Ore. as a walk–on in 1997.

Here's where it gets good for Nebraska. The buyout takes a dip. Riley was owed around $170,000 a month through the end of his contract, and it's now off–set because he has work again. What those exact numbers are remain to be determined.

Riley went 93–80 in 14 seasons at OSU, 19–19 in three years at Nebraska.

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