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Oregon State tries to fend off USC

Updated: January 10, 2010, 3:13 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles

Oregon State athletic director Bob DeCarolis is prepared to offer football coach Mike Riley a lifetime contract to remain at the school as a preemptive move against any offer USC could make to Riley if Pete Carroll does leave for the NFL next week, according to a report in the Oregonian.

"Mike's said he wants to be the Joe Paterno of Oregon State," DeCarolis told the Oregonian. "So we'll put something together to make [his contract] a lifetime deal."

The report notes that USC has not ...

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