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Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley celebrates after the Sooners’ win over the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va on Nov. 23. Riley’s name has come up in several NFL coaching searches, but he says he’s not interested. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

Lincoln Riley’s name continues to emerge when NFL head coaching jobs open up.

While this may frustrate many Oklahoma football fans, it is something that they will have to get used to hearing. An article by Green Bay Packers’ beat reporter Tom Silverstein wrote about Riley’s “dynamic” offense when listing possible candidates.

While Riley was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show  on Monday morning, he was asked this question: Do you have an obligation to yourself, to your wife and to your family to at least listen to offers if the NFL calls?

“No. If I didn’t have a job that I thought was a long-term deal, that we could win and be very successful at, that is absolutely a destination coaching job, one of the best coaching jobs in the world regardless of sport, I would maybe have a different answer,” Riley told Patrick. “But I’m extremely fortunate that I’m at a place like that right now. Absolutely I don’t have that obligation.”

Patrick also asked for his favorite NFL team while growing up in Muleshoe, Texas.

“I would have to say the Cowboys,” Riley said. “Just growing up in Texas … growing up I was a big Troy Aikman fan and kind of got to grow up through some of the glory days there. I would have a hard time saying it wasn’t those guys.”

Eric Bailey



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Eric covers the University of Oklahoma football and men’s basketball teams. A Haskell Indian Nations University graduate, he has been a member of the Tulsa World sports staff for 12 years. Phone: 918-581-8391