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Oklahoma, coach Lincoln Riley agree to contract extension

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has signed a contract extension, ruling out the NFL at this stage of his career. (Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press)
Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has signed a contract extension, ruling out the NFL at this stage of his career. (Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press)
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma and Lincoln Riley have agreed to a contract extension, which should quell speculation about the second-year coach being lured away by an NFL team.

Oklahoma announced Tuesday that contract terms were being finalized and would be subject to approval by the board of regents late this month.

The 35-year-old Riley has led the Sooners to consecutive Big 12 championships and College Football Playoff appearances. Oklahoma is 24-4 overall and 16-2 in the conference under Riley with two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks – Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.

Riley was promoted from offensive coordinator at Oklahoma in the spring of 2017 after Bob Stoops retired. Oklahoma’s creative and prolific offenses have drawn attention of NFL teams and made Riley a potential candidate to fill coaching vacancies in the league.

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