With very interesting jobs like the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns opening up, and a perceived dearth of top NFL coaching prospects, it could be a good opportunity for a college coach to make the jump up. If that happens, it doesn't sound like it will be Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley.
The 35-year old offensive guru has taken his Sooners to back-to-back College Football Playoff berths.
The Packers fired longtime head coach Mike McCarthy, and could look to pair superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a top offensive coach like Riley.
The Browns connection is obvious, with Baker Mayfield playing like a rookie of the year candidate in Cleveland this year.
Obviously there will be rumors until Riley is on the sideline for the first game next year, but he has held firm in saying that he doesn't plan to make the jump.
Lincoln Riley reiterated that he plans to remain the head coach of Oklahoma football today.
The New York Jets also have a potential opening, and a talented young quarterback in rookie Sam Darnold, hence some interest from the local New York media.
Via the New York Post, he still says he's not interested:
“I can’t tell you how I’m gonna feel in 10 years, but no, not right now,” said Riley, when asked about his interest in coaching in the NFL. “If I wasn’t at one of the elite programs in the country, maybe, but no, I’m very happy where I’m at right now.
“If it was 20, 30 years ago, where there were some major differences, maybe. … The way the college game has evolved, financially it’s a lot better situation now when you compare it to NFL teams. We’re at a place where we’re happy, and we don’t take that for granted. I love coaching at Oklahoma, love coaching college football.”
According to the USA Todaydatabase, Riley is tied for 15th in head coaching pay for the 2018 season, at $4.8 million for the year, and has a hefty buyout of over $20 million, so he's definitely well compensated. It would be cool to see Riley's offense in the pros, but having him stick around OU for years to come is certainly good for college football.