Lincoln Riley is prepared to enter his second season leading the Oklahoma football team, but could it be the last? According to one prominent college football analyst, the Sooners head coach may not be around much longer if NFL offers continue coming.
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit believes Riley could be a target of the Dallas Cowboys if or when they fire head coach Jason Garrett.
“It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the NFL, within a few years, knock on his door and try to get him to leave,” Herbstreit said this week, according to the Dallas Morning News. “He’s as hot as he can be, as not just a head coach what he did with his first year but also as a play-caller
“If and when the Cowboys ever need a head coach, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Jones group considered him.”
Herbstreit also noted that nearly every NFL team has already reached out to the 34-year-old coach to get some insight on the wide-open Oklahoma offense.
It certainly appears that Riley could find himself as one of the hottest coaching candidates in the sport, and if the Cowboys can’t bounce back from a disappointing 2017 campaign he could be in the NFL sooner than we all could have imagined.