Mike Riley met with the news media at Memorial Stadium Friday, his first public appearance as the new head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Riley, the former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers, was introduced by Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst who says he focused on hiring Eichorst from the beginning of the coaching search that began after Eichorst dismissed Bo Pelini.
Riley spent 14 seasons at Oregon State, first from 1997-98 and then again from 2003-14. He was also the head coach of the NFL’s San Diego Chargers from 1999-2001.
Though Riley begins as Husker head football coach immediately, he will not coach in the bowl game. Associate Head Coach Barney Cotton will coach the Huskers in whatever bowl invites Nebraska.
Riley compiled a record of 93-80 with eight bowl appearances during his tenure at Oregon State. Only once did the Beavers reach double-digit wins, producing a mark of 10-4 with a Sun Bowl triumph over the Missouri Tigers in 2006.
Oregon State was just 5-7 this year, marking the third losing season for the Beavers in the last five years.
Pelini was fired after seven seasons. Nebraska won at least nine games each year under Pelini, who posted a record of 66-27 with the Huskers.
AUDIO: Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst introduces Mike Riley as the new Husker head football coach. [10:20]