- Mitch Sherman, ESPN Staff Writer
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Five Oregon State assistant coaches have been linked to Mike Riley’s new coaching staff at Nebraska, according to media reports.
Riley, at his introduction Friday, said he hoped to bring a portion of his staff from Oregon State, where he had coached since 2003.
Linebackers coach Mike Bray on Saturday helped deliver to Riley his first recruit at Nebraska as linebacker Tyrin Ferguson of New Orleans switched his pledge from the Oregon State to the Huskers. Bray also contacted safety prospect Kahlil Haughton of Waco, Texas, about Nebraska, according to Huskers Illustrated.
The 32-year-old Bray has coached the past two seasons in a full-time position at Oregon State. He recruited the Dallas metroplex and portions of southern California. Regarded as a top recruiter, Bray previously was linebackers coach at Arizona State.
Others reportedly headed to Lincoln from Corvallis include defensive coordinator Mark Banker, 58; special teams coach Bruce Read, 51; and offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh, 51. All three coached for at least 10 years at Oregon State.
Read and Banker have a history with Riley that dates to their time together with the San Diego Chargers from 1999 to 2001.
Additionally, receivers coach Brent Brennan has been mentioned in reports as likely to follow to Riley. Brennan, a 1996 UCLA graduate, coached Brandin Cooks, the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner, at Oregon State.
Riley said he planned to meet with the remaining coaches at Nebraska but that he could not assure any positions. Bo Pelini was fired Nov. 30 after seven seasons. Barney Cotton, assistant head coach under Pelini, will serve as interim coach for Nebraska's bowl game.
Riley will not be involved in bowl preparations.