A man with head coaching experience at three different current Pac-12 programs is interested in the Oregon State job: Rick Neuheisel.
Neuheisel has spent time at Colorado, Washington, and UCLA as head coach, with some mixed results.
He has not coached since being fired by the Bruins in November 2011, after a 21-29 run in four years in Westwood, and has since served as a college football analyst at CBS and the Pac-12 Network, but he is not ready to rule out a return to the sidelines.
Neuheisel was a guest on the Bald Face Truth show with The Oregonian‘s John Canzano, and confirmed his interest in the Beavers job.
“I think everybody saw what’s possible in the effort they put forth against Stanford,” Neuheisel said. “… They need somebody who can recruit the state of California. That has to be first and foremost. They have to go down there and find the guys who Mike Riley and Dennis Erickson got… someone who is going to harvest all that talent.”
Is he interested in the OSU job?
You can listen to the full interview below:
Neuheisel is 87-59 as a collegiate head coach, with a 36-32 record in the Pac-10/12. He was 33-14 (19-12) at Colorado while the Buffaloes were in the Big Eight/12. It wouldn’t be the most forward-thinking hire ever, but it is tough to know what direction Oregon State will go in with this opening, after Gary Andersen shockingly resigned earlier this season.