Oregon State football coach Mike Riley had an interesting response this week about his approach to offense. He was asked about going to the spread.
Normally, he just laughs that off. Trends come and go, but he stays with the classic pro-style approach he developed for the program.
Riley is not going to the spread, but is looking into how to incorporate some of its principles.
"What's intriguing to us is an uptempo game," Riley said. "I want to think about that and have the possibility to get into that. I want to focus in spring practice on what we are doing in the coaching of the plays and technique and then consider how to uptempo that as we go forward."
So that means if the players know the offense in and out by the end of the spring, Riley will speed it up in the fall.
"We have system," Riley said. "We want to continue to tweak that and build on it. The spread is good if you have the personnel for it. We are not built for it. We don't want to spread ourselves so thin doing something. I don't want to do something just because someone else is doing it. It has to be real for us."
Riley is firm about developing players, and not changing things to confuse them. He wants a base system for every freshman to study for five years, and expects them to be better every year.
"I don't want to lose the foundation of what we have," Riley said. "One of the keys is to bring in guys and have building blocks to learn, and we get better at it. Starting over, it's a big step to take. It has to be the right thing with the right people. When you have recruited with a certain style for a long time you have to be careful what you are headed into."