LINCOLN — The expected migration of football staff from Oregon State to Nebraska might have begun Saturday, almost immediately on the heels of Mike Riley’s introduction as Husker head coach.
But, according to one source, Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost isn't likely be joining Riley's NU staff.
Although no hirings were confirmed Saturday, Trent Bray, Mark Banker, Bruce Read and Mike Cavanaugh all were linked to potential NU jobs by different media outlets.
According to Huskers Illustrated, Bray told recruiting target Kahlil Haughton of Waco, Texas, that he had been hired by Nebraska and was part of the new staff. Bray was the linebackers coach the last two seasons at Oregon State after spending one year as a graduate assistant.
Reached Saturday night, Bray told The World-Herald that there was nothing he could confirm or deny regarding the position.
It was reported by footballscoop.com that Read would join Bray in Lincoln. And Lindsay Schnell of Sports Illustrated, who previously covered Oregon State for the Oregonian, said on Twitter later Saturday night that she was hearing Cavanaugh, Banker and Read were following Bray.
Riley declined Friday to say which Oregon State assistants might be coming to NU. “Some of them I intend to bring don’t even know it yet.”
Bray, 32, is a former Oregon State linebacker who was a captain and All-Pac-10 pick his senior season in 2005. He was the linebackers coach at Arizona State in 2010 and ’11 before returning to Corvallis.
Bray was ranked the No. 24 overall recruiter by 247Sports for the 2015 class. He recruited both Texas and California for the Beavers.
Banker, 58, had been defensive coordinator for Riley since 2003 at Oregon State. He also spent three seasons with Riley with the San Diego Chargers.
Cavanaugh has been the Beavers’ offensive line coach since 2005. Read served three stints as special teams coordinator for Riley at Oregon State, most recently from 2009 through ’14.
Riley said Friday that he has always had a full-time special teams coach, and that was something that he likely planned to do again at Nebraska.
Also on Saturday, a person familiar with the Nebraska coaching search said that Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost would not be returning in any fashion to the Huskers. Rumors have persisted because of Frost’s connection as the quarterback who led NU to the 1997 national championship.
As the coaching staff work started, Riley also got his first recruit as Husker head coach Saturday as linebacker Tyrin Ferguson flipped his commitment from Oregon State to NU.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder from Edna Karr High in New Orleans announced his decision on Twitter. He included #TrentBray to go with #MikeRiley and #BlackShirts in his post.
Ferguson would follow former Edna Karr players Glenn Irons, Jariah Tolbert and Jaevon Walton to NU. Irons and Tolbert redshirted this season, while Walton plans to enroll in January.
Haughton is a safety from Midway High in Waco. He already had a Nebraska offer — recruited by NU assistants Charlton Warren and Ross Els — and has the Huskers among his top five.
But Haughton also told HuskerOnline.com that Bray and Oregon State were one of the first to offer him, back when he was a sophomore.
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