• Who is Lincoln Riley, new University of Oklahoma football coach?

    By: Greg Brown


    NORMAN, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • Lincoln Riley was named University of Oklahoma's head football coach Wednesday.
    • It comes after former coach Bob Stoops' sudden retirement announcement.
    • Riley has a history with the university.


    Lincoln Riley, 33, is set to take over the University of Oklahoma Sooners' football program as their 22nd head coach after Bob Stoops announced his retirement Wednesday.

    According to university officials, Riley spent the previous two seasons as Oklahoma's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach.

    Riley was named the recipient of the 2015 Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach following his first season in Norman.

    According to the university, over the past two seasons with Riley as offensive coordinator, the Sooners had the highest quarterback rating in the country.

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    Riley came to Oklahoma after five seasons at East Carolina, where he acted as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.

    Prior to East Carolina, Oklahoma officials say Riley spent seven seasons at his alma mater, Texas Tech University, where he had five bowl wins.

    During that span, Red Raiders quarterbacks won NCAA passing titles in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007. After serving as a student assistant from 2003-05, he was promoted to offensive assistant in 2006 and wide receivers coach in 2007. He moved to coaching inside receivers in 2008 and 2009 and called plays for Texas Tech as interim coordinator in the 2010 Alamo Bowl.

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