Jan. 11, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -Oregon State football coach Mike Riley has agreed to a three-year contract extension through 2019.
The extension, announced by the university late Sunday, effectively quashes rumors that Riley might be a candidate for the Southern California job. Pete Carroll is expected to leave the Trojans to coach the Seattle Seahawks.
At the American Football Coaches Association convention in Orlando, Fla., Riley told The Associated Press on Monday he was never contacted by USC and had no intentions of leaving Corvallis.
“I’m very pleased to say I’m going to be at Oregon State for a long time,” he said. “That’s about as long as I’m going to coach probably. I wanted to get it out there that I was going to stay, regardless of whatever happened (at USC). I know that there were a ton of rumors out there and I thought that it was best to just get it all behind me.”
The 56-year-old Riley is in his second tenure with the Beavers. He held the job in 1997-98, coached the San Diego Charges from 1999-2001, and has been at Oregon State since 2003. He has led the Beavers to six bowl games, winning five.
Riley grew up in Corvallis. His father was an assistant coach under Dee Andros.
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