Oklahoma gives offensive coordinator Riley 3-year extension

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 12, 2017

A few hours later OU sent the message that it's thankful to have him, too.

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents met Thursday afternoon for an executive session, with the topic being the contract of OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.

Since coming to OU in 2015, Riley's reputation as an assistant has soared. OU took a step to ensure he stays in Norman for the near future. "They're great people and have fully immersed themselves into the Oklahoma community. He's fully committed to OU and what we're doing as a university and football program, and all of us are looking forward to continuing to work together to develop young men on and off the field, and bring more championships to Norman". He has been a popular name in head-coaching rumors, so whether or not the Sooners are actually able to hang on to him through the 2019 season is not a settled question. May. His new salary of $1.3 million would tie him with Louisville's Todd Grantham for fifth in the country, though obviously the list will look a lot different with numerous big raises that have occurred across the sport. As pointed out by, uh, me at FootballScoop Riley earned $151,000 as ECU's offensive coordinator in 2012. OU qualified for the College Football Playoff after going 8-5 a year earlier.

In 2016, quarterback Baker Mayfield set an FBS record for passing efficiency rating and led the country in pass completion percentage.

The Sooners have won two Big 12 championships - becoming the first team to post a ideal 9-0 mark in the league's 6-year round-robin era in 2016 - reached the College Football Playoff in 2015 and scored a whole bunch of points under Riley's direction.

Riley made $275,000 in his final year at East Carolina, then $500,000 in his first season with the Sooners, according to USA Today's database. His additional income increased from $585,000 annually to $920,000.

"I appreciate OU and Coach Stoops taking a chance on me a couple of years ago and the loyalty they've shown to my family", said Riley in a press release.

Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. Still, Sooners fans who want Riley to be OU's "coach in waiting" can be cheered by this news, which shows if nothing else that the administration values Riley as much as we do.

OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is now one of the highest paid coaches in all of college football. It's been a fantastic first two years, but I'm excited for what's ahead in Norman.

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