Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley might have just become the frontrunner for the Houston head coaching job left vacant when Texas hired coach Tom Herman. According to CBS Sports, “Lincoln killed it” in his interview.
“I would be surprised if they don’t hire him,”a source told CBS.
Riley joined coach Bob Stoops’ staff in January of 2015, and in his two seasons in crimson and cream, he’s transformed the Oklahoma offense.
His air raid, up tempo offense ranks third in the nation overall, 11th in passing and third in scoring. Star running back Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine have run for over 2,000 combined yards, while quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Dede Westbrook are two of five Heisman finalists.
Before his time at Oklahoma, Riley spent five seasons at East Carolina under coach Ruffin McNeill. In those seasons, the Pirates set more than 50 team or individual school records.
There are no specific reports of an offer being made just yet, but if Houston has indeed found their man, don’t expect them to wait long to pull the trigger. If you’re looking for an offensive-minded coach, it doesn’t get much better than Lincoln Riley.