Riley left Corvallis after a 12-year run following the 2014 season for Nebraska, where he went 19-19 over the past three seasons and was sacked November 25.
Smith, the former Washington offensive coordinator, was named the Oregon State coach last week. When Riley returned to OSU in 2003, Smith was his graduate assistant that season. Smith was hired November 29 by the Beavers.
Jonathan Smith is bringing Mike Riley back to Oregon State as one of his assistant coaches.
"Current and former players thriving in the National Football League and in life are proof of Coach Riley's tremendous ability to recruit outstanding young men", Smith said in a statement released by the school. "He understands what it takes to win in this (Pac-12) conference, and how to evaluate and develop student-athletes".
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Smith also announced the hiring of Dan Van De Riet as director of football operations. He was sacked from that post at the close of this current regular-season campaign after posting an uninspiring 19-19 record (12-14 in conference) with the Huskers. The former Oregon State linebacker was not on the list of six hires announced Thursday by the university. Following the 2014 season, he accepted the head-coaching gig at Nebraska.
Riley, 64, told The World-Herald last week that he was packing up and returning to Corvallis to live, and said he would be open to an OSU position if it worked for Smith.
Riley was the head coach at Oregon State in 1997-98 and again from 2003-14.
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