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Report: Lincoln Riley Interviews at North Texas; Riley Denies He’s Candidate

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Lincoln Riley

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at the University of North Texas this week, but later on Friday evening, Riley denied he’s a candidate for the job.

The report cited a university official as its source.

Riley is in his first season as OU’s offensive coordinator after five seasons in that same position with East Carolina.

Riley is just 32 years old, and the head coaching job at North Texas would no doubt mean a pay raise.

The report says UNT is expected to pay close to  a million dollars or more per year to its new head coach.

Riley issued a statement Friday evening responding to the report:

“I understand that reports have linked my name to the head coaching vacancy at North Texas. I am absolutely not a candidate for that position. I am focused on only one thing — helping the OU Sooners win a conference championship.”

North Texas fired former Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney this season after an 0-5 start.