Oregon State football coach Mike Riley returned to practice Saturday after missing the last two. He was in Canada with his father, Bud, who was sick in the hospital.
Bud Riley, a former assistant football coach with the Beavers, is in stable condition.
Riley was greeted with the aftermath of a drug scandal that broke out at rival Oregon. It spread to the Beavers on Thursday when DE Scott Crichton said on camera that marijuana use was common at OSU.
Crichton wasn’t at practice Saturday to elaborate. He was at a family function in Tacoma, Wash., Riley said.
“You thought I kicked him off (the team) because of his talking,” Riley said jokingly.
Riley said he didn’t think there was a drug problem at OSU. He said players have been removed from the team because of drugs in the past.
“It’s a general issue across the country,” Riley said. “What we try to do is, No. 1, is to educate about habits and anything, drugs, alcohol, late nights, put them all together. If they don’t take heed to some of these things like this … we’ve got guys right now not practicing because of issues like this.”
Riley didn’t get specific as to who or what were the official offenses, but WR Tyler Trosin and DE Akeem Gonzales were suspended for the spring for undisclosed reasons.
Beyond all that, it was a beautiful, sunny day at Reser Stadium. The Beavers scrimmaged with officials. QB Sean Mannion and WR Markus Wheaton looked impressive.
WR Geno Munoz (leg) and TE Tyler Perry (neck) were out after being hurt Thursday.