Well, my flight leaves in a few hours so I thought I'd put this quick little update according to BeaverBlitz.com. It looks like Mike Riley has agreed in principle to another extension that will take him through to 2015.
"There is no question we are on the right track in all facets of the football program," De Carolis said. "We have enjoyed some of our best seasons ever with Coach Riley at the helm and he has developed a program that continues to compete at the highest level."
With incentives, Riley is set to make approximately $1 million this year. His current contract had been a six-year contract that added a year for every bowl appearance. The new contract will set Riley with a seven-year deal, again adding a year for every bowl appearance.
Not saying Riley doesn't deserve it, but it seems like it wasn't necessary. I'm very pro-Riley, but I don't see the point. Who knows what is going to happen nearly six years down the road. What if he has 3 consecutive non-winning seasons starting next year? That puts us to 2012 with 3 years left on his contract. Discuss.. Also, it looks as if we lost a commit. JUCO Cornerback Cory Smith had committed to OSU after his official visit, but switched over the weekend to Nevada:
Sequoias corner Cory Smith took visits on successive weekends to the University of Nevada and Oregon State and after his visit to Corvallis, decided he wanted to be a Beaver. Upon further review, Smith decided Nevada was a better place to continue his career.
"I really wanted to go to Nevada," Smith said. "My dad and I talked about it and we decided Nevada would be the best fit. Both schools are great schools. I have family from the dad's side there in Nevada."
Smith is 6-foot-2, 175 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash around 4.5 seconds. He visited Nevada on December 12 and then soon after left for Oregon State on December 19. There was some confusion as to whether or not Nevada had actually offered Smith when he took his visit to Nevada, but the Wolf Pack apparently cleared up the confusion to Smith.
It sucks losing him because he filled up a desperate need at Defensive Back, but we wish him the best. Well, big game coming up on Wednesday, and a reminder that it starts at 11 AM Pacific Standard Time and is on CBS. Look for the guy in the Sammie Stroughter jersey with a sweatshirt on underneath.