Nebraska football news conference, 11/25/17

Former Nebraska head coach Mike Riley leaves a news conference after he was fired by Huskers athletic director Bill Moos on Nov. 25 at Memorial Stadium.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR FILE PHOTO

Mike Riley may not stay unemployed for long. 

On Wednesday, Oregon State agreed to hire Washington co-offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith, according to various reports. 

One of the first reporters on the story was Oregonian columnist John Canzano, who, as usual, was full of interesting information. 

Riley, of course, is a Corvallis native and was the head coach when Smith started out at OSU. Smith then finished his career under Erickson after Riley left to become the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. 

Canzano mentioned the pair while discussing potential consultant roles. Riley expressed a desire late in his final season here to get back involved more heavily with offense, including playcalling. 

It will certainly be interesting to see how Smith's first staff comes together. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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