Described by the University of Oklahoma as “one of the brightest young coaches in college football, the Sooners brought Lincoln Riley on staff as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach. Since arriving on campus, the OC has continually impressed as rumors swirled of an early departure for a head coaching position somewhere else. Hoping to retain the rising offensive mind, Athletic Director Joe Castiglione went to work.
The result, as approved by the Board of Regents, was a three-year contract extension for Riley. Now tied up through 2019, Riley is set to make 1.3 million dollars per year — the number makes him one of the highest paid assistants in all of college football.
Through the first two years as Oklahoma’s Offensive Coordinator, Riley has earned a few prestigious honors including the 2015 Broyles Award. Each and every year, the Broyles Award goes to the nation’s top assistant coach. During the 2015 campaign, the OU offense ranked fourth nationally in scoring at 43.5 points per game and seventh in offensive yards per game at 530.2 ypg.
Following up the success, 2016’s offense set a FBS Record in Passing Efficiency at a mark of 193.79 along with a nation leading 70.6% completion rate. Producing two Heisman Finalists in route is nothing to scoff at neither. Of course, all of this comes on the new up-tempo offensive system the young coach installed at the onset of his tenure at Oklahoma.
Here’s to hoping the trend continues over the next few seasons!