Skip to main content

Lincoln Riley Addresses Possibility Of Coaching In NFL

A closeup of Lincoln Riley during an Oklahoma Sooners game.

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners watches warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Over the past few weeks, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley's name has been back in the headlines in regards to potential NFL head coaching vacancies.

After his immediate success as the Sooners head coach, Riley was the hottest name in coaching. He was mentioned for numerous NFL jobs, including the Dallas Cowboys.

The same held true this season as well, with several national media members suggesting Jerry Jones' first call would be to Riley - if he fires Jason Garrett.

On Thursday afternoon, Dan Patrick asked Riley if coaching in the NFL is on his bucket list:

"No, no, no, it’s not. I got into this thing expecting to be a high school coach. I started out my coaching career early on, while I was still playing, and that’s what I wanted to do. Not in my wildest dreams did I even think that something like this would have happened, so I don’t know that I have a bucket list."

Riley is saying all the right things to calm the Oklahoma fanbase. However, if Jerry Jones comes calling with bags of money in tow, Riley's tune might change.

Oklahoma is one of the best college jobs in the nation, but the Cowboys are, well, the Cowboys.

Would Riley really turn down an NFL job to stay with the Sooners?