If you’re a head coach at the FBS level of college football, you’re going to be asked about the Zach Smith situation at Ohio State. Considering it has Urban Meyer’s status up in the air, it is understandable.
We’ve heard from a few different big name coaches. No one wants to go out on a huge limb, for understandable reasons.
Now, Lincoln Riley, whose Sooners beat Meyer’s Buckeyes last season, has addressed the situation.
He didn’t bring up Meyer specifically, but drew a clear line in the sand: if anything like the Smith situation goes on within the Sooners staff, that coach is gone.
Lincoln Riley: The Zach Smith situation at Ohio State is a good reminder for his staff. If anything happens like that at Oklahoma, “you won’t work here.” #Sooners
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) August 10, 2018
Lincoln Riley is entering his second season as head coach of the Sooners.
He took over the job after Bob Stoops’ abrupt retirement last spring. Things couldn’t have gone much better.
The 34-year old head coach led Oklahoma to a Big 12 Championship, and a berth in the College Football Playoff, where the team lost a classic game to eventual runner-up Georgia at the Rose Bowl.
Baker Mayfield had one of the best seasons we’ve ever seen for a college quarterback and won the Heisman under Riley’s tutelage.
Of course, Oklahoma football has not been free of controversy. Ahead of the 2014 season, Stoops made the decision to keep running back Joe Mixon on the team after video surfaced of him punching a female OU student in the face at a restaurant. He wound up sitting out that year, before being reinstated the following year as a redshirt freshman.
Riley was the offensive coordinator at ECU when Stoops made that decision. He joined Stoops’ staff in January 2015.