CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- It will take more than a couple of losing seasons to shake the smile from Mike Riley's face. Oregon State's relentlessly optimistic head coach insists he is bullish on the Beavers in 2012.
The Beavers' 2011 season could have hardly been worse, with an 0-4 start, including a loss to lower-division Sacramento State, and a 3-9 overall record. Coupled with a 5-7 tally the season before, a winning season is necessary to counteract the downward trend.
Fall camp begins Monday, and Riley, now in his 12th year at the helm, has plans to institute some structural changes that he hopes will make a difference when the Beavers kick off the season Sept. 1 against Nicholls State.