Riley was the starting quarterback and punt returner for most of the 1927 season at the University of Notre Dame. He is mostly remembered for his last game with the team—a controversial 7–6 victory against USC at Soldier Field in Chicago before the largest crowd ever to witness a football game at that time, estimated to be 120,000 in attendance.
While clinging to the one-point lead late in the game, Riley fielded a USC punt at his own goal line and appeared to fumble it out of the end zone, which would have given the Trojans a safety and an 8–7 lead. But the play was ruled a muff, and therefore a touchback. Notre Dame would hang on for the win.
In 1930, Riley was hired by fellow Notre Dame alum Tom Lieb to be his assistant football coach at Loyola University of Los Angeles. One year later, Riley became the head football coach for the University of New Mexico and remained there for three years, posting a record of 7–13–3. He died on July 19, 1971.
|Born||May 13, 1902|
|Died||July 19, 1971 (aged 69)|
|Alma mater||Notre Dame (1928)|
|Position(s)||Quarterback, punt returner|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1930||Loyola (CA) (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|New Mexico Lobos (Border Conference) (1931–1933)|
Chuck Riley may refer to:
Chuck Riley (American football) (c. 1906–?), American football player and coach
Chuck Riley (politician) (born 1939), American politician in the state of Oregon
Chuck Riley (voice actor) (1940–2007), American voice-over artist
Chuck Riley (murderer) (born 1955), American murderer convicted in the 1975 "barbecue murders" case
# denotes interim head coach