Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 8/20/13
For the better part of this century’s first decade, there was nary a difference between this state’s primary football programs.  But then came Chip Kelly, then came his “gimmick,” and then came the gaping hole between two programs in different cars, moving at different speeds, headed in two different directions. I’ve long been a fan of Mike Riley.  Regardless of whom you do or don’t root for, Riley’s way of doing the game, and life in general, epitomizes the level of professionalism for which coaching standards should be made.  He’s respected by all, loved by those closest to him, and does what he does at or near the highest level of his profession.  But Oregon State’s stagnant state, coupled with their rival’s rapid ascent, has me now questioning whether Riley’s way is no longer the right way for a fan base thirsting for more. I preface by acknowledging I’ve previously chuckled at the notion Riley should go.  My stance was always that Oregon State would never again find
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