Oklahoma hires East Carolina's Lincoln Riley as its new OC

BY foxsports • January 12, 2015

Oklahoma has hired East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley for the same role with the Sooners.

The school announced on the move on Monday. The hire is subject to approval by the Board of Regents. 

Riley also will coach quarterbacks for Oklahoma.

Earlier on Monday, a source told FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman that Oklahoma would hire Riley.

Riley spent five years on the East Carolina staff, and his up-tempo spread offenses have the five top passing seasons in school history.

"Lincoln brings a fresh perspective to our program that I believe will help us maximize our potential offensively," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said in a statement. "He owns a consistent track record of implementing innovative offensive concepts during his career and has a history of developing productive offensive players. He has been mentored by a number of successful offensive coaches during his career, while developing his own unique offensive approach."

Before heading to East Carolina, Riley spent three full seasons as a receivers coach at Texas Tech. The school's offenses were among the nation's most productive during that run. Riley was interim offensive coordinator for the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl, when the Red Raiders produced 579 yards in a 41-31 win over Michigan State.

"My family and I are tremendously enthusiastic about the opportunity to join Coach Stoops and the University of Oklahoma," Riley said in the statement. "Oklahoma is one of those programs you dream of working for as a coach, especially for a head coach as respected and as successful as Bob Stoops."

The Sooners announced last week that they had fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell.

Oklahoma is also expected to begin looking for a new wide receivers coach this week, a source told Feldman.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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