Attempting to jump ahead of the wagon, Dean Blevins reported that the Oklahoma Sooners had offered the offensive coordinator position to East Carolina's Lincoln Riley. The young coach may be one of the top offensive minds climbing the ladder, but less than an hour after News9 reported the "plan to name Riley...play-caller and offensive coordinator," it has officially been debunked.
Although multiple candidates have reportedly met with the offensive coaching staff at Oklahoma, no offer has been extended to any candidate according to multiple reliable members of the media.
Per source, OU has not offered the OC job to anyone. Bob Stoops still talking to candidates, including Lincoln Riley.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) January 12, 2015
Also been told by source close to the program that no one has been offered OU's offensive coordinator post. #Sooners— John Shinn (@john_shinn) January 12, 2015
ECU you can breath a sigh of relief knowing Lincoln Riley remains a candidate but the search continues. Could Oklahoma potentially offer Riley the OC job? Absolutely but it simply hasn't happened yet per reports.
After taking over in 2010, Riley installed an up-tempo spread offense at ECU resulting in record setting individual performances at the university. However, the move paid dividends as the Pirates went on to win their first bowl game since 2007 three years after being promoted to offensive coordinator.
Riley remains familiar with the Big XII after serving 7 years with Texas Tech. The up and coming coach learned the reigns from Mike Leach and has a proven track record with quarterbacks. Dominique Davis, a first year starter in 2010, earned C-USA Newcomer of the Year honors all while setting single-game, career, and season records at ECU. A few years later, Shane Carden became the first 4,000 yard passer at the university and completed 70.5% of his passes in 2013.
Regardless of the product Riley has put on the field, many fans would consider this to be a solid hire but not a homerun.