It's always tough to know who's names are smokescreens and who's names aren't, but according to CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler the Badgers will be interviewing a familiar name to Badger fans, Oregon State's Mike Riley. According to the report Riley is expected to interview with Wisconsin yet this week.
Riley has a history of facing off with the Badgers across the field and has a huge connection to former Badgers offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, whom he coached with both in the NFL and at Oregon State. He led the Beavers to one of the most shocking turnarounds of any team in a major conference this season, going from 2-10 last year to 9-3 this season and playing in the Alamo Bowl to finish off this year.
Overall Riley is 73-52 at the west coast OSU from 2003 to the present, which is his 2nd stint at the helm of the Beavers. Clearly he understands Wisconsin's offensive philosophies, but you also have to wonder about a guy who's spent his entire career coaching on the West Coast and if he'd make the move that far away from what's become his home.
Considering what Oregon State did to Wisconsin in Corvallis this year it's hard to blame Barry for at least taking a look to see if he'd be interested in the position.