Coach Bob Stoops has officially hung it up and Oklahoma, and while the rest of the college football world begins to cope with what that means, his expected replacement has released a statement.
“I’m sincerely honored to be given this opportunity to be the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma,” Riley said in a statement release by the school. “I want to thank Coach Stoops for bringing me here two years ago and making me part of the Sooner family. He is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game, at any level. I’m absolutely thankful for our friendship and for the mentorship he has provided.
“Coaching at Oklahoma is a dream come true for me and my family. I am extremely grateful to President Boren, Joe Castiglione, Chairman Bennett and the OU Board of Regents for believing in me and affording me this opportunity. I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that Coach Stoops and so many others before him have instilled in this great program.”
There is some red tape to work out before Riley is named as head coach, but it looks like he will be taking over the program at the ripe old age of 33.
Riley was hired by the Sooners ahead of the 2015, and is credited with returning the Sooner’s offense to one of the best in the country. He won the Broyles Award in 2015 as the best assistant coach in the country, and has helped lead quarter back Baker Mayfield to New York as a Heisman finalist. Suffice it to say, Riley is one of the hottest coaching names in the country, and the Sooners wanted to keep him in Norman. They just signed him to a contract extension upping his pay to a whopping $1.3 million per year, but that is about to go up.
There is no word yet on what this means for the rest of coach Stoops’ coaching staff, or who will take over offensive coordinator duties for the Sooners.