Where there’s smoke, there’s fire even if it was just a day too early. Multiple media reports Monday afternoon can now confirm East Carolina offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Lincoln Riley is heading to Oklahoma.
Riley was first reported to be heading to OU on Sunday night by KWTV’s Dean Blevins. As of that time, no offer had been on the table. Riley was expected to meet with OU coach Bob Stoops on Monday, and it’s clear both sides are happy.
Riley is considered to be one of the brightest offensive minds in the nation and is definitely among the youngest at just 31 years old.
Riley has spent the last five seasons at East Carolina, helping transform the Pirates offense. ECU averaged just under 36 points per game this season, which ranked No. 22 in the nation. ECU ranked No. 5 in the FBS in total offense at 533 yards per game.
Before his time at East Carolina, Riley spent seven seasons on the Texas Tech staff in various capacities. Riley learned under former Tech coach and current Washington State coach Mike Leach, who of course used to be an OU assistant under Bob Stoops.
Though under the coaching tree of Leach, it’s also obvious Riley does value the running game. His scheme has featured more tempo and formations and a commitment to the ground-and-pound facet of the game. East Carolina did actually rush for 161 yards per game this season.
Under Riley, East Carolina has put up its top five all-time single-season passing marks. And this year’s total of 6,929 offensive yards sets an ECU record for yards in a season. OU, conversely, had 6,041 yards this season.
The Sooners are still in the search for a wide receivers coach.