Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley is a hot commodity on the coaching market. While the Sooners head coach has had great success in Norman, there will be plenty of interest from NFL teams. We have already heard the Cleveland Browns interest in Riley, which would reunite him with his former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, but now another team could be ready to enter the mix.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Dallas Cowboys could be interested in Riley if they decide to move on from Jason Garrett.
While Garrett’s job should be safe through the balance of the season, the team has potential replacements on their radar should they feel compelled to make a move.
“If they do end up replacing Jason Garrett at the end of this season, I’m told both [Cowboys executive vice president] Stephen and [owner] Jerry Jones have an affinity for [Oklahoma coach] Lincoln Riley,” Rapoport reported. “So the Cleveland Browns, if they’re interested in Baker Mayfield’s old coach, may have some competition.”
Of course, Riley has previously said that he is happy at Oklahoma.
“The truth is for me, I love Oklahoma,” Riley said at his weekly press conference when NFL rumblings first started, 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.”
That said, the Dallas Cowboys head coaching job may be too big of an opportunity to pass up, so we will have to wait and see what the future holds for the head coach.