Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley’s face will be all over the place on Thursday, as he’ll be at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., to appear on several different programs across the network.
8:10 a.m. - Mike & Mike - ESPN2 / ESPN Radio (Live)
10:30 a.m. - First Take - ESPN (Live)
11:20 a.m. - SportsCenter Coast to Coast - ESPN (Live)
12:45 p.m. - The Ryen Russillo Show - ESPNews / ESPN Radio (Live)
2:30 p.m. - College Football Live - ESPN2
2-6 p.m. - The Paul Finebaum Show - ESPN Radio
TBD - Freddie & Fitz - ESPN Radio
Friday - 6 p.m. - SportsCenter - ESPNews
All segments TV segments can be streamed on WatchESPN, and you can catch the radio interviews right here. The Finebaum segment would usually be shown on SEC Network, but those folks are doing their “SEC Network Takeover” things this week, and I believe it’s Auburn’s turn on Thursday. I wonder if they’ll show the Sugar Bowl...
Anyway, while I usually try to ignore Finebaum, I’m curious as to how he’ll choose to approach Oklahoma’s new head coach. PAWWWL grabbed a lot of attention by bashing Bob Stoops (and usually eating his words) over the past several years, but Riley hasn’t had many opportunities to give him any ammunition. Do I expect him to use this as an opportunity to find something to ramble about in the future? Probably not. I’m willing to bet it’ll actually be a pretty good interview.
The segment I’m most looking forward to, however, is the one on the Ryen Russillo Show. The show includes a lot of funny and informal discussion, and I fully expect the laid-back, 33-year-old coach to thrive in that environment. It’s also the most likely situation in which someone could ask him about experiences with Mike Leach and Kliff Kingsbury. Should be quality stuff.
I’m a bit miffed that this whole situation is going to result in me watching First Take, but whatever. After watching the Thunder for so many years, we Okies have all learned to take the good with the bad, and I’m afraid I’m no exception.