CORVALLIS -- His father Bud was an assistant at Oregon State and son Mike Riley now is the head coach of a team facing a huge Civil War game Saturday against the University of Oregon.
Though born in Wallace, Idaho, Mike Riley considers Corvallis his home town, where dad coached from 1965 to 1972. The younger Riley was the quarterback that led Corvallis High Spartans to the 1970 state title.
Now fabulously updated, expanded, and named for the food company Reser, the site of this year's rivalry game still brings pause to Riley.
That was really neat to be able to do that, Riley told KGW of being with his father in Parker. And then that's why you know, it sometimes feels like a little disconnect, as far as getting to coaching it,and being in it. I'm not sure it's always real. But it's very exciting to be involved in personally.
He'll have the backing of the fans, who loudly cheered the news of the Ducks defeat to Stanford last week as Oregon State was pummeling Cal.
And the Beavers also have the respect of their opponents.
They know the system, Ducks linebacker Michael Clay of Oregon's high-octane offense. They know what to expect. They've got good linemen. Good running backs. Injuries hurt them last year. So they're ready to go out there. They want to win. They want to beat us.