NFL coach linked to Oklahoma job following Lincoln Riley's reported departure

根据 ESPN, Oklahoma has “有针对性” 亚利桑那红雀队 head coach Kliff Kingsbury for the open Sooners job. Kingsbury has one year left on his contract with Arizona and could be in line for an extension as the Cardinals have been one of the best NFL teams this season.

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Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley gestures to his team on a play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the second half at Boone Pickens Stadium Nov 27, 2021 in Stillwater, Okla.

Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley gestures to his team on a play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the second half at Boone Pickens Stadium Nov 27, 2021 in Stillwater, Okla. (Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports)

Kingsbury was the head coach at Texas Tech and was let go before the 2019 季节. He was set to be offensive coordinator at USC before he jumped to the NFL and took the Cardinals job one month into being at USC. He’s been with the Cardinals since the 2019 season and made an impact by selecting Kyler Murray with the No. 1 挑选的 2019 草案.

The decision has helped the Cardinals to a 9-2 record to start the 2021 季节.

体育画报 reported USC was targeting Riley as its next coach, and an announcement would come within the next 24 小时. The Athletic reported the deal was already done.

LINCOLN RILEY TO BOLT OKLAHOMA FOR USC: 报导

Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners congratulates cornerback Woodi Washington and the defense after a fumble return for a 42-yard touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones in the second quarter at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Nov. 20, 2021 in Norman, Okla.  The Sooners won 28-21.

Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners congratulates cornerback Woodi Washington and the defense after a fumble return for a 42-yard touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones in the second quarter at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Nov. 20, 2021 in Norman, Okla. The Sooners won 28-21. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

USC found a big name to replace Clay Helton, who was let go early in the 2021 季节. The Trojans had been linked to 匹兹堡钢人队 coach Mike Tomlin, but Tomlin later shot down any notion he was planning on leaving the NFL.

Riley had previously been linked to NFL jobs and other college football positions. He shot down a rumor on Saturday that he was interested in the LSU job. He said he wasnot going to be the next coach at LSU.He was right at the time but didn’t divulge any plans about going to Los Angeles.

Riley took over as Oklahoma’s head coach before the 2017 季节. He led the Sooners to three College Football Playoff appearances but never managed to win a game in the tournament. His teams saw the emergence of two Heisman Trophy winners – Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Both players were No. 1 draft picks.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals looks on during the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field Nov. 21, 2021 在西雅图.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals looks on during the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field Nov. 21, 2021 在西雅图. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

他是 55-10 as a head coach and won four Big 12 锦标赛.

Oklahoma lost to Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Soonersplayoff hopes were dashed earlier this month when the team lost to Baylor.

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