Oregon State coach Mike Riley is rated as having pressure.
He does have pressure to win, but barring a total collapse — and it’s possible — the cost to fire him is just too much.
AD Bob De Carolis said he didn’t want to use the new TV money to fire him and hire a new coach. He would prefer to pay down the debut.
However, he can’t lose the football fan base, which funds the overall program.
While I don’t think OSU will win the conference, I don’t think it will go 3-9 again. There’s enough talent, development and the rest of the conference rebuilding for the Beavers to win six games.
However, if they only win five, what would be the backlash? That’s the worst scenario of all. If OSU wins three or less, then De Carolis is justified in making a change.
Six wins, and Riley can continue to build for a breakout year in 2013 or 2014. That four- or five-win season makes things complicated.