July 6, 1953: Born Michael Joseph Riley in Wallace, Idaho.
1969, 1970: Led Corvallis (Oregon) High School to back-to-back state championships at quarterback.
1971-74: Plays for Bear Bryant at Alabama.
1975: Lands first coaching job as a graduate assistant at California.
1976: Becomes graduate assistant at Whitworth in Spokane, Washington.
1977: Hired as defensive coordinator at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Helps lead program to 1982 Division II national title.
1983: Joins the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League as a defensive coordinator.
1986: Hired as defensive backs coach at Northern Colorado.
1987: At 33, becomes the youngest head coach in CFL history when hired by Winnipeg.
1988: Leads the Blue Bombers to a Grey Cup victory.
1990: Leads the Blue Bombers to another Grey Cup victory.
1991: Hired as head coach of the San Antonio Riders of the now defunct World Football League.
1993: Joins John Robinson's staff at USC as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
1997: Replaces Jerry Pettibone as head coach at Oregon State.
1998: Leads Oregon State to a 5-6 record, the program's best mark since 1971.
January, 1999: Hired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
2001: Is fired after three seasons with the Chargers. San Diego went 14-34 under Riley, including 1-15 in 2000.
2002: Hired as an assistant with the New Orleans Saints.
December, 2002: Turns down Alabama job.
2003: Riley is hired back at Oregon State, replacing Dennis Erickson. He is given a seven-year contract.
2004: Beavers win six of their final seven games to reach the Emerald Bowl.
2006: Oregon State upsets No. 3 USC 33-31, ending the Trojans' 27 game Pac-10 winning streak.
June, 2007: Inducted into the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame.
2008: Oregon State upsets No. 1 USC 27-21.
December, 2008: Named Pac-10 coach of the year.
2010: Oregon State sets records in home attendance (45,509) and season-ticket sales (26,952).
2010: Upsets No. 9 Arizona 29-27 in Tucson.
October, 2012: Reaches No. 7 in the BCS standings. The Beavers would lose four of their final seven games. Beavers finish 9-4 despite being picked to finish last in the Pac-12 North Division.
Nov. 30, 2014: Loses to rival Oregon 47-19 in the Civil War, the Beavers' seventh straight loss to the Ducks.
Dec. 1, 2014: Receives a call from Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst.
Dec. 2, 2014: Meets with Eichorst and NU Chancellor Harvey Perlman in San Francisco.
Dec. 4, 2014: Hired as the 29th head football coach at Nebraska.
Dec. 5, 2014: Introduced as NU's coach at a news conference.
Dec. 27, 2014: Watches from the stands as Nebraska loses to USC in the Holiday Bowl.
Jan. 21, 2015: Announces the hiring of wide receivers coach Keith Williams, which completes his full-time staff.
* Signature victories *
A look at some of Oregon State's biggest wins under Mike Riley.
Oct. 28, 2006: Defeats No. 3 USC 33-31 (ends USC's 27-game win streak in Pac-10 games)
Oct. 13, 2007: Defeats No. 2 California 31-28 (in Berkeley)
Dec. 1, 2007: Defeats No. 18 Oregon 38-31, 2OT
Sept. 25, 2008: Defeats No. 1 USC 27-21
Dec. 31, 2008: Defeats No. 18 Pittsburgh 3-0 (in Sun Bowl)
Oct. 9, 2010: Defeats No. 9 Arizona 29-27 (in Tucson)
Sept. 8, 2012: Defeats No. 13 Wisconsin 10-7
Sept. 22, 2012: Defeats No. 19 UCLA 27-20 (in Los Angeles)
Nov. 15, 2014: Defeats No. 12 Arizona State 35-27