Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley has led the Sooners to a 7-1 overall record during the 2018 season, but that hasn’t stopped some experts from wondering when his time with the program will be up. A reason for speculation about Riley’s future in Norman is his bright offensive mind and the possibility that some NFL teams could have interested in bringing a young head coach into the mix.
Add in the fact that one team, the Cleveland Browns, just fired their head coach and has the reigning Heisman Trophy winner who Riley coached at quarterback, and speculation has been running rampant.
People have linked Riley to the Browns, especially because of his relationship with rookie signal-caller Baker Mayfield, but if Riley’s comments on Monday were any indication then it doesn’t seem like he will be leaving the University of Oklahoma anytime soon.
Riley spoke to the media on Monday, October 27 shortly after the Browns fired Hue Jackson and he wasted no time addressing the rumors.
“The truth is for me, I love Oklahoma,” Riley said at his weekly press conference, via NewsOK.com. “I love coaching here. I love coaching college football. I certainly don’t have that itch right now.
“I don’t know that I ever will. But I’m never going to be a guy that stands up here and say no way, no how with any of these things ever happening. I don’t know that. But I know right now I could care less about the NFL. We’re trying to win this game. And trying to make a run we all think we have in us right now.”
Of course, that is the right thing for Riley to say in the middle of a season where his team is competing for a College Football Playoff berth.
But what will happen when the season ends? Riley will be getting a raise, it just remains to be seen whether that will be at Oklahoma or in a shiny new city under the bright lights of the NFL.