Mike Riley keeps a 40-year-old photo depicting his dad running drills on the practice fields at Oregon State. The shot was framed and presented to Bud Riley by the 1972 Beavers defense.
The image reminds Mike who inspired him to become a coach 37 years ago, but the image is incomplete because it captures just one facet of a man so thoroughly dedicated to his commitments that his son wanted nothing more than to emulate him.
When I was in fourth or fifth grade in Moscow, Idaho, we had a little bitty side yard that was just big enough for home plate and the pitchers mound, Mike said. Id sit by the door with my glove on because I couldnt wait for him to get home so I could play catch with my dad.
On most of the days Bud Riley walked through the door, he was tired from a long day of work as an assistant coach at Idaho.
But he never turned me down, Mike said. He loved his job and he loved football, but he was a great husband and a great father. He tried to do it all and somehow he f...