Lincoln Riley is just 35 years old and in his second season at the helm of Oklahoma Football. It’s hard to have a better start than he has as a head coach.
Last season, he led a team that produced a Heisman winner/No. 1 NFL Draft pick in Baker Mayfield, won the Big 12, and went to the College Football Playoff.
Riley has definitely caught the attention of the NFL ranks, especially as other young offensive minds like Sean McVay thrive in the pros.
With Riley, Oklahoma has also become a destination for NFL coaches who want to learn modern offensive schemes.
During Oklahoma football’s blowout win against Kansas State, FS1 announcer Joel Klatt said that Lincoln Riley told him he wasn’t super interested in the NFL.
An Oklahoma account grabbed the clip from the game.
Joel Klatt talked about his discussion with Lincoln Riley on any potential interest in an NFL job.
— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 27, 2018
“I asked him point blank, ‘Do you have that itch?’ And he said…’No.’ And this is the important part, he said ‘I know we can be great here for a long time.’ And that’s the truth, that’s the absolute truth.”
If that is the case, it is music to Oklahoma fans’ ears. Of course, we’ve seen many, many highly successful college coaches test the NFL at least once. It wouldn’t be shocking for Riley to join those ranks at some point, especially as the NFL continues to spread out and become more like the modern college game.