I asked Oregon State football coach Mike Riley this week how frustrated he and his staff is this season with all the inconsistencies.
He draws on his past 36 years of coaching all the time and has seen the entire spectrum of good and bad. This one must rank as one of the most difficult seasons.
Riley’s answer to the question was surprising really long. I couldn’t find a good place to use it, so here it is standing alone on the eve the Stanford game.
“The disappointment and frustration comes after the game,” Riley said. “If we are going to talk to our kids about coming back with a good attitude, then obviously the adults in this thing have to be examples of that. And I have pros here.
“Everybody understands the disappointment and frustration of a loss, especially when we don’t play our best. And following up a game it looked like we played well, with one we didn’t. That’s frustrating. You can’t let that last loss beat you again.
“A pro has to get ready on Sunday. That’s life. That’s the same thing after a win. You can’t let the elation of a win set you back for the next week.”
Riley always talks about preparation and having good practices. He expects his coaches to work hard to prepare the players, so the players follow their lead.
He thinks he gets that out of this staff. Of course, since the team is losing everyone else thinks to the contrary.
“A football coach has to love the preparation,” Riley said. “If you don’t love the preparation, and all you like is Saturday and riding the plane and good food, then you are in the wrong business. It’s a grind. I’m fortunate. I have guys who love to coach football and get ready for the next game. I don’t have to have worry about a bunch of babies back there who are frustrated.”