His team having already played in multiple night games this season, including last week’s 52-24 win over Washington State that began at 7:30 p.m. PT, Oregon State Beavers head coach Mike Riley is not exactly enthused about having a game slated for 7:30 p.m. again this Saturday. Riley spoke about late kickoffs in an interview this week as his team prepares to take on the Cal Golden Bears:
I think the conference, somebody’s got to pay attention. They can’t put these kids on the road two weeks in a row and play 7:30. For these kids in school, it’s disruptive. I don’t think they could have been in bed (Sunday) any sooner than 4 a.m., and it’s going to be closer to 5 this week against Cal.
I know there are TV slots to fill, but they have to look at the traveling teams (Oregon Live).
Saturday’s game against Cal won’t be the last night game the Beavers play this year. Their game against Stanford is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., and their game against USC will kickoff at 6:00 p.m. Considering the semi-recent comments by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, the trend isn’t likely to change soon.
[Source: Oregon Live]