Report: Young Oklahoma OC in the mix to succeed Steve Spurrier
He’s only 32 years old, and he’s only in his first season at Oklahoma, but Lincoln Riley is a candidate to succeed Steve Spurrier as South Carolina’s next coach.
The Sooners offensive coordinator has led an attack that ranks 3rd in the FBS in scoring offense (45.8 points per game) and 7th in total offense (542.9 yards per game). Meanwhile, Oklahoma — which is the outright Big 12 champion for the first time since 2010 — is ranked No. 3 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday night.
Sources told ESPN.com that South Carolina has expressed interest in Riley and plans to talk to him regarding the job.
Riley, who also coaches quarterbacks, would become the youngest head coach in the FBS if he’s hired. Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck is the youngest coach at the age of 35, a few months younger than Troy’s Neal Brown.
Riley is a Mike Leach disciple and runs a version of the Air Raid offense after spending seven seasons at Texas Tech (2003-09). Prior to joining Oklahoma, Riley was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at East Carolina for five seasons (2010-14).