Lincoln Riley to the NFL?

The Oklahoma Sooners are getting a beatdown at the hands of the LSU Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.  Oklahoma’s Head Coach Lincoln Riley, who has a 36-5 overall record with the Sooners, has long been rumored to be headed to the National Football League.

Riley has formed a “close relationship” with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, and could be pursued as the Cowboys’ next Head Coach if/when Dallas fires Jason Garrett after the 2019 season.

With 3 Big 12 championships, back to back Heisman winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray and an incredible overall record, Riley has little left to prove as a college coach.  An opportunity to replace Garrett as the Head Coach of the most popular and followed NFL team in the country may be too tempting to pass up on.

The Dallas Cowboys have had another disappointing season at 7-8 and Jerry Jones will likely not keep Garrett following their final game at home against the Washington Redskins.

While Riley has a very comfortable situation and can compete for Big 12 and National Championships virtually every year, a move to the Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys makes way too much sense for him at this time in his career.