The Players' Tribune published an open letter by Lincoln Riley on Wednesday afternoon titled "Ready."
At just 33 years old, Lincoln Riley is now head coach of one of the most legendary college football programs in the nation: Oklahoma. Obviously, expectations are high for the first-year head coach, as he's inheriting a ton of talent and resources. He's expected to bring the Sooner back to the national championship conversation.
So how will he handle his newfound responsibility? Is he up for the challenge?
I'll let him answer for himself, because earlier today he published a piece in The Players' Tribune titled "Ready," which serves not only as an open letter to Sooner fans around the country, but it also as a nice little motivational speech to players and fans alike.
Here's an excerpt, per The Players' Tribune:
When you’re here, it’s easy to understand why there has been not just success in Norman, but sustained success. All-time, we’ve been ranked in the top five of the Associated Press poll more weeks than any other program, and we’re the only school with four head coaches who have each won more than 100 games. The decisions here are made the right way, and the leadership is incredibly stable. That’s all to say that yes, I might be young, but I’m not alone in determining this program’s success.
This institution is bigger than any one person. It has traditions that stretch back far longer than I’ve been alive. I know there’s a certain standard that I need to live up to, and I plan to do everything I can to surround this program with the right people and bring in the right players in order to do just that.
You can read the full letter here.