Mack Brown, disappointed after an 8-4 season (7-2 Big 12 conference) is hanging up his spurs as coach of the Texas Longhorns. Brown leaves Austin with an overall record of 158-47, pending the outcome of the Alamo Bowl, and 98-33 in conference, and a national title. That's a .771 winning percentage overall (.748 conference). Check my math, but the guy seems to be a winner. Brown says about the upcoming coaching change, "I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing going again."
There's no "thing" to get going again in Corvallis and no "new energy" in sight. Is Mike Riley, often referred to as the winningest football coach in Oregon State University history, also disappointed? His team is 6-6 overall (so far) this season (4-5 Pac-12 conference). Riley's overall record is 87-73 (56-56 conference). That's a .544 winning percentage overall (.500 conference). Check my math, but the guy does not seem to be a winner. He does, however, seem to be a survivor.
ESPN has awarded Riley's Beavers a trip to the Hawaii Bowl, for reasons that are unfathomable to me. Whatever the outcome of this game, Riley will earn another one year extension on his contract. Such is the value of mediocrity in the eyes of OSU AD Bob De Carolis. Mike Riley's job is secure.
But when he reads of Mack Brown's decision to retire, does the possibility of his own retirement cross Riley's mind? Should it?