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Longtime football coach Riley dies at 86

TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

Bud Riley, who coached football at Wallace High School before a career coaching college and professional football, has died. He was 86.

Riley, the father of Oregon State football coach Mike Riley and a former assistant coach at the school, died after a lengthy illness. He had been living in Penticton, B.C.

Riley worked in the silver mines in Wallace during the summers while attending the University of Idaho, and after graduation he started his coaching career at Wallace High and spent seven years there.

He also coached at Lewiston High School, Idaho and Oregon State before heading to the Canadian Football League, where he was head coach in Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton and Calgary. He was also an assistant coach in Saskatchewan and Edmonton and player personnel director in Calgary.

Riley was an assistant coach at Oregon State from 1965-72 and returned to the school in 1979.

He was the defensive coordinator for Oregon State in 1967. That team, dubbed the Giant Killers, beat No. 1 Southern California 3-0 in Corvallis.

Riley is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary, and sons Mike, Ed and Pete.

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