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Lincoln Riley on Leaving Oklahoma: ‘I Know I Hurt People There’

NCAA Football: Houston at Oklahoma

Lincoln Riley sat down for an exclusive interview with College GameDay on Saturday with the show in Bozeman, Montana.

The Trojans are ranked No. 7 in the country ahead of Saturday’s match up with No. 16 UCLA with a 9-1 record and in first place in the Pac-12.


But of course, there is still plenty of conversation with how things ended in Norman last year. Riley was asked during his sit down about his departure, “Is there anything you’d do differently?”

Riley came off as honest as he has any time that question has been asked over the last 11 months, saying, “I know I hurt people there. I live with that. I’ve got to own that. There are things I would change. I absolutely did not handle the situation perfectly. I let my emotions get a hold of me at times. And I imagine both sides could probably say that. At times I felt some of the back lash that I got out of character some. I’m disappointed because I did not do a good job of that. I wish I could get it back. I can’t. But it will never change how I feel about the place.”

Here’s the video of Riley’s comments.


Meantime, things haven’t been as smooth for Oklahoma since Riley left. Granted, new head coach Brent Venables has had to deal with an incredible amount of departures via the transfer portal, NFL Draft and graduation.

Oklahoma is in the midst of a mediocre 5-5 season ahead of Saturday night’s match up with Oklahoma State in Norman. Kick off is set for 6:30 CST on ABC.

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