The whispers about job security aren't an issue for Oregon State coach Mike Riley any more.
The amiable Beavers coach has led his team to a 3-0 start and the No. 14 spot in the AP rankings. It's a dramatic turnaround for a team that won only three games all of last season.
After consecutive wins over ranked teams, Oregon State is coming off a 38-35 victory over Arizona in Tucson last Saturday. It was Riley's 75th victory in his two stints - he's in his 12th season overall - as coach of the Beavers, making him the winningest coach in school history.
Oregon State hasn't opened with a three-game winning streak since 2002. The Beavers host 2-3 Washington State on Saturday.
"Mike and his staff have done a great job," said Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez. "You can see those guys are playing with a lot of confidence and a sense of maturity as well."
Even Riley is a bit surprised.
"Actually the seasons are always a bit of a mystery, but coming of a 3-9 you really didn't know what to expe...