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Riley leaving Oregon State - again - to coach in Alliance of American Football League

Oregon State head coach Mike Riley likes the competitive fire his players are showing, but he wants them to be smart, too.

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Mike Riley is leaving Oregon State football.

Again.

Riley is heading to San Antonio as head coach of the city's Alliance of American Football League franchise.

It will be Riley's second go at the pros, but in the first year of a startup league.

Riley coached the San Diego Chargers from 1999 to 2001.

Riley grew up in Corvallis, where his father Bud Riley was the defensive coordinator for the 1967 "Giant Killers" Beavers. The younger Riley played quarterback for Corvallis High School.

His coaching career brought him home in 1997 until he left to coach in the NFL.

He returned to Oregon State in 2003, and remained a fixture of the program until taking the helm at Nebraska in 2015.

Riley returned as an assistant coach last season under first-year head coach Jonathan Smith, himself a local gridiron hero who played for the Beavers.

“I want to thank Coach Riley for his contributions to our program and wish him the best in his new challenge,” Smith said.

The program is working to hire a replacement.

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

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