Kyler Murray is a true two-sport star at Oklahoma - so much so that he's the football team's starting quarterback and he was just drafted No. 9 overall by the Oakland Athletics in the Major League Baseball Draft. Friday, head coach Lincoln Riley made an interesting comment about Murray's future.
Murray signed a contract with the Athletics this past June that will pay him $4.7 million in signing bonuses - with the caveat that he's allowed to play football for the Sooners this fall.
As such, everyone assumes that this will be Murray's only year as Oklahoma's starting quarterback. But according to Riley, that doesn't appear to be set in stone.
Riley told reporters Friday that Murray's future has not been determined. It doesn't make a ton of sense. Via Tulsa World:
“Well, I'm not gonna really ... decide how I want to handle that ... um, we'll see if it's his final year,” Riley said. “That hasn't really been determined yet. I'm not worried about it if it is or if it isn't. That's gonna have no impact on this year.”
“Well, like I've said the whole time, I've stayed out of the negotiation stuff with the A's. That's not my business. It's his business,” Riley said. “My hope through this whole thing is that Kyler is gonna be able to do what he wants to do. If he wants to go play baseball after this year, then we'll wish him well and be happy for him. But the ball's gonna be in his court, which is where it should be.”
It seems pretty far-fetched that Murray would forfeit that amount of money to come back and play another season for Oklahoma. Murray is a better baseball prospect than football prospect, and there's more money in baseball anyway.
That said, anything is possible. Perhaps Riley has some kind of information the media does not.
Oklahoma will kick off its 2018 season against FAU on September 1.