Oregon State's Mike Riley: 4 Reasons Why He's Underrated

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Oregon State's Mike Riley: 4 Reasons Why He's Underrated
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No one is writing or talking about Mike Riley and the Oregon State Beavers. Not a word. Nothing. Nada.

Doesn't that make those of you who cheer for one of the other 11 Pac-12 teams just a little nervous?

Any team can have a bad year. It doesn't mean they cease to exist. Or that they won't bounce back. There is even some evidence that Mike Riley is not a complete idiot, or perhaps, one of the better coaches in college football.

Riley was away from the Beavers' spring practices last week to visit his ailing father in Canada. As I watched defensive coordinator Mark Banker lead practices in Riley's absence, I paused and thought about what Riley has done for the program at OSU and what he's up against.

Here are my thoughts on Mike Riley and the Beavers.

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