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Lincoln Riley Is Not Happy With Tom Herman's Latest Staff Move

A closeup of Texas Longhorns coach Tom Herman

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns watches players warm up before the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

The Red River Rivalry is always heated. This year, we get a second edition of Oklahoma vs. Texas football, in this weekend's Big 12 Championship.

Oklahoma has a potential return to the College Football Playoff on the line. Texas could break through for a New Year's Six bowl berth...and, of course, the chance to spoil the Sooners' national championship aspirations.

Texas won the first edition of this game in October, 48-45. That doesn't mean Tom Herman is done looking for an edge.

On Monday, Tom Herman confirmed that Texas football is bringing in former Kansas head coach David Beaty this week ahead of the conference title game.

Anwar Richardson of Orange Bloods first reported the move:

After making it official, Herman said that it is a "pretty standard move," and he's not really wrong. The most famous example is Nick Saban bringing in Lane Kiffin as an analyst in 2013 after he was fired by USC. He wound up stepping in as offensive coordinator the following year. Herman also appeared to tip his hat in greeting Beaty after Texas' 24-17 regular season finale win at Kansas.

Lincoln Riley has responded to the move, and while he acknowledges that it is within the rules, he doesn't like it at all. Via TheKansas City Star:

“Coach Beaty can do what he wants to do,” Riley said. “I don’t like the precedent of it, of being able to bring in somebody from a league in the same year. I don’t think that’s good for the conference. But it’s not against the rules, and if they want to do it, that’s fine.”

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Beaty's KU offense, which was improved this season, put up 40 points in a 55-40 loss to Oklahoma this season. Of course, the Jayhawks were one of five teams to score 40+ on the Sooners, including each of the team's last four opponents, as well as Texas earlier in the season.

Beaty is far from the only one to crack the relatively simple code that is the Sooners' defense. Winning a second shootout with Riley and Kyler Murray should be extremely difficult though, and Herman is well within his right to get all the help he can get.

[TheKansas City Star]