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Oklahoma Sooners Football - Report: Lincoln Riley is No Longer a Candidate for the Houston Job

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Riley was one of five candidates for the position

NCAA Football: Oklahoma Spring Game Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is no longer a candidate for the head coaching position at Houston, according to Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle.

With the news of Baker Mayfield returning for his senior season — along with the potential of returning five starters on the offensive line — Riley will have a chance to boost his stock even more in 2017, when jobs such as Tennessee, Texas A&M and UCLA could be opening up.

One thing is for sure — Oklahoma’s offense in 2017 is going to be nasty. Even if Perine and/or Mixon leave, OU’s offense will be putting up big numbers again next season, and Riley will continue to me mentioned as a candidate for head coaching positions if he does indeed return. Riley will have his opportunity to run a program in due time, but OU fans should be glad that it doesn’t appear to be happening just yet. It should be noted, however, that the Sooners aren’t quite out of the woods. South Florida now has a vacancy, and they may want to bring in an offensive guru — which is what they had with Willie Taggart — to fill the position.

Cherish the opportunity to watch one of the nation’s great, young offensive minds lead your favorite school’s offense, because it won’t last forever.