Following the news that the Browns fired HC Hue Jackson on Monday, Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley, who coached Baker Mayfield in college, was asked about the possibility of pursuing a coaching job in the NFL.
“No, not right now,” Riley said, via Dylan Buckingham of KFOR. “You sit here and answer these questions and I always want to be truthful. The truth is for me is I love Oklahoma. I love coaching here, I love college football. I certainly don’t have that itch right now. I don’t know that I ever will, but I’m never going to be a guy that’s gonna stand up here and say ‘No how, no way will any of these things ever happen.’ I don’t know that. I know right now I couldn’t care less about the NFL.”
Riley is widely expected to be one of the most popular names to watch for head-coaching jobs in the NFL and is considered to be one top up-and-coming coaches in football.
However, it sounds like Riley could hold off on leaving Oklahoma unless the perfect situation develops for him at the next level.
For the time being, the Browns will have Gregg Williams serve as their interim head coach before opening up their search after the season.