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OSU's Riley feels 'pretty good' after surgeries

by: L.E. BASKOW MIKE RILEY

Mike Riley is resting comfortably - actually, working a little, too - after a pair of surgeries over the weekend.

Riley had gallstones removed on Saturday and his gallbladder removed on Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.

The veteran Oregon State football coach had been experiencing stomach pain on Thursday and Friday. Riley, 57, was supposed to serve as master of ceremonies at OSU's annual postseason banquet Friday night, but as it was about to begin, he told director of football operations Dan Van De Riet, 'I don't think I'm going to be able to do this.'

Riley made introductory remarks, then was driven to the hospital, where he spent Friday and Saturday nights. On Monday, he was released and went home. By Tuesday, he was in the office, easing back into his work routine.

'I feel pretty good,' Riley said Tuesday afternoon. 'I'm sore and tired, but really pretty good.

'It was kind of scary. If the pain had gotten much worse, I don't know what I'd have done. But everything worked out OK.'

- Kerry Eggers