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Eastern Washington coach on OSU list

Oregon State athletic department officials have Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin on a list of prospective candidates for the Beavers’ head football coaching vacancy, a source with knowledge of the hiring process told The Oregonian.

An EWU athletic department spokesman declined to comment Monday on whether OSU has asked the Eagles for permission to interview Baldwin.

Multiple news outlets have mentioned Baldwin in recent days as a possible successor to Mike Riley, who left OSU for Nebraska late last week after 14 years — 12 consecutive — in Corvallis.

Since replacing Paul Wulff at EWU in 2008, Baldwin is 66-24. The 42-year-old has led the Eagles to four Big Sky Conference titles in five years, won the 2010 FCS national title and opened the 2013 season with a win over OSU at Reser Stadium.

Baldwin, who grew up in Tacoma, Wash., is considered an innovative offensive mind with a proven track record recruiting the Northwest. The majority of his roster is from west of the Cascades.

“By no means would I not be interested in hearing from a school at the Pac-12 level,” Baldwin told The Spokesman-Review last week.

On Monday morning, 247sports.com’s Josh Newberg reported that OSU has contacted former Michigan coach Brady Hoke.

Hoke was a Beavers assistant from 1989-94, and he served as a Michigan assistant under then-Wolverines senior associate athletic director — and current OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis — from 1995-98.

Riley, meanwhile, got well wishes from former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne on Monday.

Osborne echoed much of the Nebraska fan base with his reaction to the hiring of Riley.

In an email to The Associated Press, the coach who led Nebraska to three national titles wrote, “I don’t know Mike Riley. I wish him the very best.”

Riley will be the fourth Huskers coach since Osborne ended his coaching career in 1997. Osborne, as athletic director, hired Riley’s predecessor, Bo Pelini.

Riley said at his introductory news conference Friday that he keeps one of Osborne’s books on his shelf. He said when he was coaching in the Canadian Football League, Osborne called him to recommend a player. Riley said that’s the only time he talked to Osborne.