It's official: Lincoln Riley to OU

The search is over for OU's offensive coordinator. Lincoln Riley is coming to Norman.

The secret is out so Oklahoma wasn’t trying to hide it anymore. The university officially announced Monday evening Lincoln Riley is going to be the Sooners offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Riley is coming to Norman after five seasons at East Carolina, where he held the same position. KWTV’s Dean Blevins reported the hiring Sunday night before multiple media reports were able to do the same Monday afternoon.

“Lincoln brings a fresh perspective to our program that I believe will help us maximize our potential offensively,” Stoops said in the release. “He owns a consistent track record of implementing innovative offensive concepts during his career and has a history of producing offensive players.

“He has been mentored by a number of successful offensive coaches during his career, while developing his own unique offensive approach.”

ECU ranked third in the nation last season at 371.9 passing yards per game and was fifth in total offense at 533 yards per contest.

Under Riley, the ECU offense exploded onto the national scene. Riley-led offenses now occupy the top five spots on the ECU single-season passing list. And this last season set the record for yards in a single season with 6,929 yards. OU, in contrast, had 6,041 total yards.

“My family and I are tremendously enthusiastic about the opportunity to join Coach Stoops and the University of Oklahoma,” said Riley in the release. “Oklahoma is one of those programs you dream of working for as a coach, especially for a head coach as respected and as successful as Bob Stoops.”

Riley helped develop wide receiver Justin Hardy, who this season is a name OU fans got to know. Hardy broke the NCAA career receptions previously held by OU’s Ryan Broyles.

Some of ECU’s notable offensive accomplishments under Riley? Top 10 in passing offense in 2010, 2014; scoring offense (2013, 2014) and red zone efficiency (2010, 2012).

Quarterback Shane Carden became ECU’s first 4,000-yard passer in a season under Riley. He is not a stranger to this area as before he was at ECU, Riley spent seven seasons at Texas Tech in various capacities. His claim to fame was being the wide receivers coach when Michael Crabtree during his incredible time in Lubbock.

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