The University of Oklahoma Sooners may be in search of a new football coach this offseason. ESPN has reported that University of Oklahoma Head Football Coach Lincoln Riley is leaving to become the next head coach of the USC Trojans. Riley will replace the team’s former head coach, Clay Helton, who was fired after posting a record of 46-24 over seven seasons.
Riley’s departure comes hours after the Sooners lost a rivalry game against Oklahoma State. After the game, Riley was asked if he would be interested in leaving the Sooners to become the next coach of the LSU Tigers. The football coach shot down the rumor and said he wasn’t interested in coaching at LSU.
“I’m not going to be the next head coach at LSU,” he told reporters.
Little did we know, Riley was careful in his word choice. He will not follow in the footsteps of Ed Orgeron, but he will fill in for Helton.
Riley leaves the Sooners after posting a record of 10-2 this season. However, the University of Oklahoma has lost to two of its toughest opponents, the Baylor University Bears and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys.
Overall, Riley will finish his tenure in Norman, Oklahoma with an overall record of 55-10 and an in-conference record of 37-7. During his time in Norman, he’s also coached two number one overall picks, Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield.
College football reporter Dusty Dvoracek has reported that Bob Stoops will step in as the interim head coach while the Sooners prepare for the Big 12 title game on Saturday.