Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley not interested in NFL “right now”

Riley doesn’t rule out Browns job when asked Monday

Daryl Ruiter
October 29, 2018 - 6:35 pm

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Now that Hue Jackson has been fired, the attention turns to who will be the next head coach of the Browns, and the speculation has already begun.

Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, New England’s Josh McDaniels and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley are the top 3 names circulating the rumor mill following Jackson’s departure.

Riley, who coached Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield last year with the Sooners, was asked about his interest in making the jump from college to Cleveland for a reunion with Mayfield during his press conference Monday.

“You sit here and answer these questions and I always want to be truthful,” Riley told reporters. “And the truth for me is, I love Oklahoma. I love coaching here. I love college football. I certainly don’t have that itch right now. I don’t know if I ever will.”

While Riley pledged his allegiance to Oklahoma, he also didn’t shut the door on the NFL.

“I’m never going to be a guy that’s going to stand up here and say no way, no how will any of these things ever happen,” Riley said. “I don’t know that. I know right now I could care less about the NFL. We’re trying to win this game and trying to make a run that we all think we have in us right now.”

After leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff last season, Riley was given a 5-year, $25 million deal this past summer.