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  1. A terrible "cultural" fit, but that doesn't mean it won't work. If the LSU power-brokers and wheeler-dealers can just do their thing in the background and let him coach, he'll have LSU rocking and rolling in no time.
  2. OU football seeking the perfect balance of style and substance: https://oklahoma.rivals.com/news/ou-football-seeking-the-perfect-balance-of-style-and-substance Key excerpt: Riley and Stoops were both criticized for essentially the same things. Stoops wasn’t social media savvy enough. Riley revolutionized social media at OU, but also used it to add a certain flash to the program that some feel sent the wrong message. Stoops had Jerry Schmidt and there was always controversy about whether he was too hard on players and ran off talented players. Riley was criticized for Bennie Wylie not being hard enough on players and not developing players who could last for four quarters. It’s been two different approaches and neither has produced the national title fans crave over the last decade. The balance between recruiting-centric and football-centric approaches hasn’t been achieved. In the end, Lincoln Riley wasn’t the guy for Oklahoma. OU football was too big for him. He chose to leave for a job he felt would fit his coaching style and his personality better. And to be honest, it might be a perfect fit. It’s less of a meat grinder than Oklahoma. It’s a down program. The glitz and glam will be more accepted by a less rabid fanbase in Los Angeles.
  3. I don't mind that he did it. Just the way that he did it.
  4. Yeah, and there's also a lot of "extra-curricular" stuff that went into this from boots on the ground in Norman. Stuff that still hasn't made it to the message boards and Tweets. But the hangers-on/fans were willing to let it slide until his on-field performance tapered off. There's also serious questions about the playcalling, but that's for a different thread.
  5. "The response has been remarkable. People have reached out that some people would never believe would have interest."
  6. OU press conference set for 3 p.m. watch live here: https://soonersports.com/watch/?Live=696&type=Archive
  7. Is that DJ Ulaguleiliegulugaluga in the backseat?
  8. Venables son just posted this to his Insta:
  9. Adequate stopgap, if true... won't bring all the 'croots back, but it might slow the bleeding.
  10. Williams is the one that will truly bum me out about this. I really want to believe he's the kinda "ride or die" guy for the program... And again: if he's my son, I'd tell him to just hang tight and see who the OU admin hires. If it turns out that the university leadership is going the "Boren" route, well, holla. But if we're gonna go hardcore and start playing big boy football (from the top on down), then "ride or die."
  11. Don't know who this source is, but they heard the same version of the events that I heard. Doesn't make it true, but it's a fairly consistent report:
  12. Riley takes path of less resistance (and lies about it, too): https://www.normantranscript.com/sports/horning-departing-sooners-riley-takes-path-of-less-resistance-and-lies-about-it-too/article_44c468fe-50a6-11ec-9393-8344cb4882b9.html Almost midnight, Lincoln Riley on his postgame Zoom call, the Pokes having taken Bedlam 37-33, SoonerScoop’s Carey Murdock preambled his postgame question. Riley jumped in, the actual question not yet offered. “I am not going to be the next head coach at LSU,” he said, leaving one now to wonder many things. Fearing the question, Riley jumped in with an answer he knew to be the truth, that he would not be home shopping in Baton Rouge. But did he say it to get through the moment or to be clever, relishing its misleadingness, reveling in his triangulation? He had no such issues when it came to answering Murdock’s follow-up, about his ongoing relationship with his superiors, athletic director Joe Castiglione and university leadership, led by OU president Joseph Harroz. Unless the Southern Cal job came to Riley in a dream before he woke Sunday, he flat-out lied to Murdock, other media on the call, his players, his assistant coaches and anybody else who might have watched or read one of the postgame accounts that included it. Not even 24 hours old, the quote’s pretty breathtaking to type into the world on an early Sunday evening. “No concerns about our administration. We’ve been through a lot together. This isn’t our first rodeo together. So we always have conversations about the future and certainly with all that’s changing right now on the college landscape, all that’s getting ready to change. For us, at some point here, we transition into a new conference. Those are always conversations that we’re going to have, and we will be having those yearly, no matter what. All of us are trying to make this place better, make this program better, and so you don’t do that without working together and conversing with each other. So of course we’re gonna continue to do that. We work well together, and we’re going to keep working well together.” . . . Still, the guy this whole episode speaks volumes about more than any other is Riley himself. One, he could have told some version of the truth Saturday night, even one that left Southern Cal out of it, that still didn’t make him the latest coaching Pinocchio. “I will not be the next head coach at LSU. Should I ever go somewhere else, I’ll be the first to let everybody know,” he might have said, pushing the shock to Sunday morning. Two, Riley likes winning, likes playing the hero, likes to be loved, because all of those things stand a much better chance of happening in LA than in the difficult waters the Sooners are bound to encounter in the SEC. It seems like OU’s administration might have thought about that before choosing to bolt. Not in deference to Riley, but in deference to the program’s fantastic history, which is unlikely to repeat itself quickly under anybody’s direction where it’s headed, but that’s another column. The only thing I ever thought I might understand about Riley more than most is that his ambition is astronomical. It wasn’t enough to be OU’s head coach, he had to be offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, too. It wasn’t enough to do that and chase championships, he had to reinvent the recruiting process, the spring game and signing day, too. He doesn’t want to spin one plate higher, straighter and better than everybody else, he wants to spin all of them higher, straighter and better than everybody else. He wants to succeed wildly and he wants to do it entirely on his own terms. On the radio Sunday, Murdock wished he hadn’t let Riley off the hook with his LSU denial, saying he should have followed up asking if he’d still be OU’s head coach next season. He also said, and there’s no reason not to believe him because the guy’s plugged in, that administration had balked at some of Riley’s wishes to conduct his job on his terms. So he had to go. He didn’t love his chances in the Sooners’ coming conference and may have liked them even less not getting to call every shot he wanted to call. Where he’s going, all he must do first to get the key to the city is win more than he loses. Plus, the Trojans are a sleeping giant. Riley almost can’t lose there. So he’s gone. But did he have to lie to everybody? Did he have to play coy? Did he have to invoke his future with the program one day before he’d be leaving it? He did not. Good riddance.
  13. For what it's worth, I'm still okay with having a dynamic offense, but I'm so over hiring "geniuses" to come in and reinvent the game. I'd settle for someone who wants to physically dominate opposing teams and "win ugly" if it means winning it all.
  14. It's also interesting how the SEC has become more offensively-advanced in recent years as well. I never thought I'd see a Saban-coached squad throw it all over the field like they have this year.
  15. The Big XII game is actually becoming more and more SEC-like with each year. Just think about it... Okie State and Baylor are both built on the model of strong defense + ball-control offense. Regardless, OU needs to operate under the assumption that they're already in the SEC. The screwjobbing of Saturday night should make that all too clear.
  16. I disagree. I think developing a hardcore culture with SEC physicality is the golden path forward. We've already done the whizz-bang offensive juggernaut stuff. It's fool's gold.
  17. C'mon man, as if signings mean anything? Shoot, what's to stop kids from just backing out of that? I'm kidding, but yeah, I'm already counting this year's class as a total loss. Only way we get any of those kids is after next year, via Transfer Portal. This year's class is gonna be doo-doo. Short answer: No. Bob never was a top-shelf recruiting guy. He was crackerjack at player development (at least early on) but he's wayyyy past his prime as a recruiter.
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