Oregon State football coach Mike Riley seemed calm and focused yesterday when he talked with the media about the upcoming season.
The highlights were on my blog yesterday. Here’s the full story in Thursday’s GT.
He said the usually things such as being excited for the season, has a good vibe from the group and doesn’t feel outside pressure. However, when reading Riley it’s about how he says it and now what he says.
Riley was descriptive when said he feels like a rookie coach with something to prove. He knows outsiders don’t think he’ll do well, but believes he can.
The practice approach is different with a focus on details, instead of speeding through a practice like Oregon. I’ll have more on that later.
And part of his change is my guess that he’s going to call the plays this season. Repeat, it’s only my guess. He was asked, and said he’ll call plays at the beginning of training camp. And then he was probed more about the season.
Riley laughed it off and said he’ll call the big gain plays and leave the rest for other people. That means he’s at least thinking about calling the plays or even made up his mind and not saying.