There have been rumors swirling about Oklahoma Sooners offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and his connections to the head coaching vacancy at North Texas, and the university has officially addressed them along with Riley himself.
In a statement posted to the football program’s official Twitter, Riley put to rest any rumors that he would be leaving Norman for Denton, saying that he was “not a candidate” for the position.
Riley, 32, is in his first season with the Sooners after spending the previous five as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach at East Carolina. He has ties to the state of Texas, having played at Texas Tech and also served as an assistant there.
Though Riley has indeed denied interest in the job, his words should be taken with a grain of salt. The season isn’t over yet, and there is still a possibility that he could end up being interviewed for at least some of the many head coaching vacancies that exist now. Given how he has led the Sooners to ranking 16th in total offense, he could end up being quite in-demand.
But it appears that Riley will remain with the Sooners for now, so Mean Green fans should not get their hopes up at the prospect of the school hiring him.
Just the same, stay tuned to Campus Sports for updates!
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