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Paul Finebaum Says Lincoln Riley Will Be Coaching The Cowboys In 2020

A closeup of Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley speaking into his headset.

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 20: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners leads his team against the TCU Horned Frogs in the fourth quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has done everything short of win a championship in his two seasons in Norman. There's a reason he's already regarded as one of the best coaches in college football.

In January, Riley inked a contract extension designed to keep him in at Oklahoma through January 2024. The deal is littered with bonus opportunities, and Riley is set to make $6 million in 2019.

Life is pretty good for the soon-to-be 36-year-old. But as long as he keeps winning, Riley will continue to be the subject of NFL rumors.

In an appearance on ESPN's Get Up! this morning, Paul Finebaum made a bold prediction. He thinks Riley will be the new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 2020.

“I think he will be,” Finebaum said. “We’re watching the soap opera play out every day in Dallas and that doesn’t bode well for Garrett. Lincoln Riley has been spectacular. I don’t remember a coach coming from an assistant's position and having done the kind of job he’s done at OU.

Two Heisman winners, two No. 1 picks, the Playoff last year and another shot at it this year. Lincoln Riley (has a) short time in Norman.”

To be clear, the Riley-to-Dallas rumors aren't new. They've been around for over a year. And it's not like there will even be an opening with the Cowboys until the team moves on from Jerry Jones favorite Jason Garrett.

Garrett is in the final year of a five-year contract. Thus far, there have been no publicized details on a possible extension.

“I’m satisfied with where we are with his contract right now,” Jones said back in May. “It is to be negotiated at some point in the future. We all know that we need to get out here and win ball games.”

[ 247Sports ]