Sooners announce a new offensive coordinator
Less than a week after releasing co-offensive coordinators Jay Norvell and Josh Heupel, the University of Oklahoma has found a replacement.
The changes came after OU finished the season ranked 95th in turnover margin and 93rd in passing efficiency.
The Sooners lost five of its last nine games, including a blowout loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
According to Sooner Sports, Bob Stoops announced Monday that Lincoln Riley will join the Sooners as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
“Lincoln brings a fresh perspective to our program that I believe will help us maximize our potential offensively,” Stoops said. “He owns a consistent track record of implementing innovative offensive concepts during his career and has a history of developing productive offensive players. He has been mentored by a number of successful offensive coaches during his career, while developing his own unique offensive approach.
“Lincoln is also talented recruiter who I’m confident will help attract top-flight talent to the University of Oklahoma. Our student-athletes and our staff will benefit from his skills and passion for the game. We are excited that Lincoln and his family are joining the Sooners.”
Riley will come to Oklahoma from East Carolina, where he held the offensive coordinator position with the Pirates for the past five seasons.
East Carolina ranked fifth in the country in total offense this past season under Riley’s lead.
The Pirates were also ranked first in total offense in games against Power 5 opponents.
“My family and I are tremendously enthusiastic about the opportunity to join Coach Stoops and the University of Oklahoma,” Riley said. “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.
“I know the high expectations that come along with this position, and I’m ready to embrace the challenge. I’m excited to arrive in Norman to build relationships with our student-athletes and get to work with the rest of the coaching staff.”