NEW: Riley a long-term rarity in Pac-12

NEW: Riley a long-term rarity in Pac-12

MIKE RILEY IS the dean of Pac-12 coaches and that's well known, but the disparity between the Oregon State coach and the rest of the conference's coaches is striking.

Mike Riley has not only been around a long time in the Pac-12, he's also the eighth longest-tenured coach nationally in the FBS according to the list compiled by Syracuse.com college sports reporter Patrick Stevens.

Riley came on board for the second time at Oregon State on Feb. 19, 2003.

Only two Pac-12 coaches, Riley and Utah's Kyle Whittingham, took the helm at their current programs before 2011.

Here's the Pac-12 coaches rundown, with the national longevity ranking included.

8. Feb. 19, 2003, Mike Riley, Oregon State
11. Dec. 9, 2004, Kyle Whittingham, Utah
55. Jan. 13, 2011, David Shaw, Stanford
59. Nov. 21, 2011, Rich Rodriguez, Arizona
61. Nov. 30, 2011, Mike Leach, Washington State
T-68. Dec. 10, 2011, Jim Mora, UCLA
T-72. Dec. 14, 2011, Todd Graham, Arizona State
T-87. Dec. 5, 2012, Sonny Dykes, California
T-92. Dec. 10, 2012, Mike MacIntyre, Colorado
107. Jan. 20, 2013, Mark Helfrich, Oregon
109. Dec. 2, 2013, Steve Sarkisian, Southern California
111. Dec. 6, 2013, Chris Petersen, Washington

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Mark Stoops has coached 12 games at Kentucky and yet is longer-tenured than 38.3 percent of all FBS college football coaches.

  • The longest tenured coach in college football is Frank Beamer, who has been at Virginia Tech since 1986.

  • The top ten:
    1. Dec. 22, 1986: Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
    2. Dec. 3, 1990: Larry Blakeney, Troy
    3. Dec. 1, 1998: Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
    4. Dec. 2, 1998: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
    5. Nov. 30, 2000: Gary Pinkel, Missouri
    6. Dec. 8, 2000: Gary Patterson, Texas Christian
    7. Dec. 26, 2000: Mark Richt, Georgia
    8. Feb. 19, 2003: Mike Riley, Oregon State
    9. Dec. 8, 2003: George O'Leary, Central Florida
    10. Nov. 23, 2004: Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
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