Three years ago, Lincoln Riley was an offensive coordinator at East Carolina University. Mr. Riley now plans on taking the reins at Oklahoma, which is one of the most powerful programs in any college football.
Riley who is thirty-three years old, is Bob Stoops replacement and is now the youngest head coach in the Bowl Championship Subdivision.
Although Lincoln Riley is very young compared to any other coach in this division, he has experience. He’s had amazing success in his offense plays. These skills make him an exceptional coach.
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Back in the year 2015, he helped the Sooners place fourth in the Heisman balloting. Riley even won an award called the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach; the sooner even went to the college football playoff.
Last year, the Oklahoma team made the new FBS record for passing efficiency and ranked second place in the total offense and took third in scoring. Wide receivers Dede Westbrook and Mayfield took fourth and third in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. Westbrook even won the Biletnikoff Award for being the nation’s outstanding receiver.
The top coaching prospect nationally was Riley. In fact, last month the Oklahoma team gave Riley a three-year contract worth $1.3 million per year, which puts Riley up there with the other highest-paid coordinators in the country. When Riley was became head coach, it was so abrupt that Riley’s parents were unable to attend the press conference on Wednesday.
Riley has a lot of weight on his shoulders. Stoops, who is only fifty-six was the longest-tenured active coach in the major football league. He started his job at Oklahoma only one day before coach Kirk Ferentz began working for Iowa.
In only two years, Riley showed Stoops how comfortable he was coaching. Also, that he was the perfect successor to take his place. Stoops even said he wouldn’t retire knowing that the team was in bad hands. Stoops gave multiple reasons as to how Riley is ready to take over.