22.Jul.2014 NFL.Com 14 Best College Coaches
This is pretty messed up
14. Mike Riley, Oregon State
Career record: 88-73
NFL draft picks the last five years: 9
In addition to being one of the best coaches in college football, you’d be hard pressed to find a nicer coach in the sport than Riley. He might not yell and scream like others on this list, but he’s a sharp offensive football mind and knows how to get the best out of players who often aren’t as talented as those they line up against. Plus, how many top-notch coaches ride their bike to work everyday?
How I read this: he’s really nice to the media, and he rides his bike to work every day, so we want to rank him high.
I mean they do nothing to back the claim that he’s one of the best coaches (for example, have they seen his time management, inability to get the right players on the field, putting players at the wrong position, mismanaging timeouts, having won meaningful games, etc?). Sharp offensive football mind? Maybe 10-20 years ago that was true. The game has changed, and Riley is stuck in the 90s.
At least they’ve given me the blueprint on how to get AB voted best blog in America. (a) Smile like a lunatic (b) talk like I have a learning disability even though I don’t (c) bike to work (d) be nice. Really it’s the latter—the media has a raging boner for this guy just because he’s nice to them.