Kliff Kingsbury and, oddly enough, Sonny Dykes have emerged as early contenders to replace Lincoln Riley, who is headed west to take over USC.
Both reports are interesting.
Kingsbury, who is now the head coach with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, is connected to the job via a tweet by ESPN’s NFL writer, Adam Schefter.
‘Oklahoma has targeted Cardinals’ HC Kliff Kingsbury as one of the potential replacements for Lincoln Riley, league sources tell ESPN. Kingsbury has one year remaining on his contract after this season.’
The Cardinals are on a bye this week, but they lead the NFC West and are led by former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, whom Kingsbury hand-picked as his quarterback when he took the job. Kingsbury, oddly enough, was set to be the offensive coordinator at USC after being fired at Texas Tech before he took the Arizona job in 2019.
Meanwhile, Dykes, who has been linked to the TCU job for more than a month, may also be pursued by OU, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel.
‘Keep a CLOSE eye on this: #Oklahoma is interested in in Sonny Dykes, who is interested in #Sooners. Sonny is sked to be introduced on Tues as #TCU head coach. #GoFrogs #BoomerSooner’
Earlier this week, reports had Dykes taking the SMU job after the season ended. Drew Davison, who covers the Frogs for the Star-Telegram, tweeted on Sunday that an announcement on Dykes joining the Frogs could come as early as Monday, but that nothing was official yet.
A Yahoo! Sports report also linked Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel to the job. Heupel, of course, quarterbacked the Sooners to the 2000 national championship.
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