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Riley leaving Oregon State for Nebraska

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Nebraska says it has hired Oregon State's Mike Riley as its new coach.

Athletic director Shawn Eichorst announced Riley's hiring on Thursday.

"There was one coach who fit all the characteristic that I was seeking to lead our tradition-rich football program," Eichorst said. "Mike Riley has a proven record of success, a sound approach to football and teaching, an understanding of the educational mission of our university and the integrity and values that we cherish at Nebraska. I have no doubt that Mike will assemble a tremendous staff and lead our student -athletes to win Big Twn titles and compete for national championships in the years ahead."

Riley just finished his 14th season with Oregon State. During his two stints as head coach at Oregon State, Riley has led the Beavers to 93 wins and a 6-2 record in bowl games.

Oregon State finished this season 5-7 overall, 2-7 in the Pac-12.

Riley held a team meeting Thursday morning with players and the athletic department staff, Steve Fenk with Oregon State said.

Riley told them it was a personal decision and that it was tough to leave a great local program.

Fenk said it had nothing to do with the athletic department. Riley made the decision on his own. He said the department is in a "whirlwind" and shocked.

Fenk said Riley's current contract with Oregon State was good until 2021. He was not aware of any significant buyout.

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