New Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley is excited for his new opportunity.
On Wednesday, it was announced that long-time coach Bob Stoops was stepping down from his position with the Sooners and that Riley would be taking over as head coach, making Riley the youngest head coach in the the NCAA’s Bowl Subdivision.
The 33 year old joined Oklahoma as offensive coordinator in 2015 and now has control of one of the most storied programs in college football.
With that comes great responsibility, but Riley is ready for the challenge.
”As a young guy, as a coach, when you decide you’re going to do this, these are things you just dream about,” Riley said while being introduced, according to the Associated Press. ”I feel like I’m honestly living a dream right now.”
Riley recently received a three-year contract extension with the Sooners worth $1.3 million a year. Riley has zero prior head coaching experience, but he has found success during his time with Texas Tech and East Carolina.
Last season, Riley was the recipient of the Broyles Award which is awarded annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.
Now, Riley will have the opportunity to prove he has what it takes to also excel as the leading man.
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