Despite rumors of NFL overtures, Lincoln Riley doesn’t appear to be leaving Norman anytime soon. The University of Oklahoma announced it had agreed to a contract extension with Riley after two seasons on the job, both of which have included trips to the College Football Playoff.
The terms of the deal are being finalized and are subject to approval by the Oklahoma University Board of Regents. A meeting is scheduled to take place later this month.
Riley has lived up to the hype and expectations, and then some, after taking over for Bob Stoops, who suddenly retired prior to the 2017 season. Riley is 24-4 in two seasons, which includes a 16–2 record in Big 12 play, and back-to-back Big 12 Championships.
Riley did receive a raise and five-year contract extension last June that ran through 2023 and paid him about $5 million per year. Since Riley arrived on campus, Oklahoma has won four Big 12 titles in a row, the first two as offensive coordinator under Stoops.
“We’re obviously appreciative of what’s already been accomplished in such a short time, but strengthening our relationship with Lincoln is also important as we collectively focus on the larger goals of our program,” Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. “He has proven to be one of the most innovative minds in the game today as well as a very successful leader for his student-athletes.
“His remarkable ascent as one of the most outstanding football coaches in America is grounded in creating the right environment for developing the best growth opportunities for all of his players.”
OU President James Gallogly added, “We felt it important to extend and amend Lincoln’s contract at this time as we want him at the University of Oklahoma for a long time… Lincoln is also the right representative for our university in such a high-profile position. I am proud to work with him and anxious to support him as he takes our program into the future.”
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