Mike Riley has had quite the football life, from playing for Paul "Bear" Bryant at Alabama to coaching in the NFL and major college football. But there is one thing the Oregon State head whistle hadn't done that 73 percent of adults do every day.
You see, Riley had never sent a text message until just this week. How is that possible? Only Riley can answer that question, considering his job is to recruit young men who do more texting than talking these days.
Cell phone owners between ages 18 and 24 exchange an average of 109.5 messages each day -- more than 3,200 texts each month -- according to data compiled recently by the Pew Research Center.
Riley, 58, told Portland sportswriter John Canzano the story of his first text, and needless to say it didn't go so well for the former San Diego Chargers head coach.
This surprising admission is almost as stunning as John Sterling not owning a computer or having Internet access on his cellphone, despite being the radio voice of the New York Yankees.
Oregon State is having a lousy season. The 1-4 Beavers play host to BYU (4-2) this weekend. Maybe Riley can start texting LeBron James.
Hat Tip: SB Nation Seattle
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