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Can Riley and staff keep up with the new wave of Pac-12 coaches?

I'm afraid we already know the answer to that question, given Chip Kelly's dominance over Mike Riley since Kelly's arrival in 2009. But for the sake of conversation (and the sanity of Beaver fans), we have to at least entertain the possibility that Riley and his colleagues will adjust their decrepit system to contend with the revitalized offenses expected from Mike Leach (Washington State), Rich Rodriguez (Arizona), and whoever replaces Rick Neuheisel (UCLA) and Dennis Erickson (Arizona State; Houston's Kevin Sumlin is the preferred choice), and that they will mount an effective offensive charge against these and other opponents.

Fortunately, the Beavs won't face Sacramento State in 2012! Unfortunately, they won't face USC, either. OSU's win over USC last year shocked coach Lane Kiffin, and it showed that the elder Riley is capable of defeating a young whippersnapper coach once in awhile. But once in awhile won't be often enough when team after team led by young, innovative coaches fire away at the Beavers in coming seasons.

So what should Riley do to keep himself and his team from being left behind by the new wave of Pac-12 coaches, not to mention the rest of the conference? Come on, readers, share your ideas below. Maybe Riley will read them and take heed.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or the Building the Dam staff. FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable Oregon State fans.

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