Warrior football will miss Mike Riley, who will leave Oregon State to be Nebraska’s head coach.
And Warrior football won’t miss Riley.
Riley always had a good relationship with the Warriors, largely because of his willingness to play in Halawa or Corvallis. Sure, much of it had to do with wanting to using the games as a recruiting tool. But a lot of schools recruit in Hawaii without the willingness to actually play here.
How Riley’s departure will affect OSU’s recruiting in Hawaii — particularly if Mike Cavanaugh and Joe Seumalo go to the Midwest — remains to be seen. Because of its Pac-12 membership, OSU has a fat bank account — but not as fat as Nike-fueled Oregon. UH has been relatively competitive with OSU in recruiting. Will Riley’s departure slide a few more percentage points Hawaii’s way? The answer will be apparent when recruiting hits the home stretch in a few weeks.