Sooners, Lincoln Riley agree to new deal through 2025 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Oklahoma Sooners have announced an extension for head football coach Lincoln Riley. It is a new six-year extension that will run through the 2025 season.

It was first reported by The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman. He reported that there is two years added to his previous deal to make it a new six-year deal.

Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley reacts after a play against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl
Lincoln Riley reacts after a play against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl (Getty Images)

The Sooners approved the deal on Tuesday via the University’s Board of Regents. Feldman is reporting that the two sides finalized this deal in February when he turned down offers from several NFL teams to talk to them regarding their head coaching opportunities.

The Dallas Cowboys were one of the teams mentioned as a potential landing spot for Riley. Jerry Jones has an infatuation with Riley. In addition, he also had a coaching need, as the Cowboys parted ways with former head coach Jason Garrett.

Jones and the Cowboys elected to hire Mike McCarthy as the team’s new head coach in January.

According to reports, Riley will make $7.535 million per season under the new agreement. He previously made $6.38 million for the 2019 season, according to USA Today.

While Riley will receive a boost in pay, he is taking a pay cut for the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 36-year-old head coach — who will turn 37 on Sept. 5 — has been the Sooners head coach since the 2017 season. He replaced the Bob Stoops, who retired to allow Riley to become the head coach.

As the Sooners head coach in the past three seasons, he has gone 36-6. However, in Bowl games, including College Football Playoff games, he is 0-3.

In his first three seasons, he has guided the Sooners to identical 12-2 records with three different quarterbacks — Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and Jalen Murray. In 2020, the team will have a new quarterback once again.

Since taking over as the Sooners head coach, he is also 10-4 against Top 25 teams. He is also 6-1 in rivalry games against the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The only loss to the rivals came to the Longhorns.

Riley has had one of the best starts to a college football coaching career ever. His 36-6 mark is the third-best all-time for a coach in his first three seasons.

Walter Camp had the best record at 41-2 from 1888-1890 at Yale. George Woodruff is second with a 39-4 record from 1892-1994 at Penn.

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