Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley responds to coaching Browns

Lincoln Riley is staying at Oklahoma — for now.

The Sooners head coach was asked during his weekly conference if he would make the jump to the NFL after the Browns fired coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

He didn’t completely shut down the notion, but said that wouldn’t happen soon.

“I knew that was coming,” Riley said, via ESPN. “No, not right now. You sit here and answer these questions and I always want to be truthful. The truth for me is I love Oklahoma. I love coaching here. I love college football. I certainly don’t have that itch right now. Don’t know that I ever will.

“But I’m never going to be a guy that stands up here and says no way, no how with any of these things ever happening. I don’t know that. But I know right now I could care less about the NFL.”

Riley has a strong tie to the Browns via rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, who came to Oklahoma the same year Riley was named head coach and was picked No. 1 overall in last year’s NFL draft.

Riley currently is in his second season as Oklahoma’s head coach and pushed the Sooners to a Rose Bowl appearance last year. At the moment, the seventh-ranked Sooners have a 7-1 record.

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“We’re trying to win this game,” Riley said. “And trying to make a run we all think we have in us right now.”

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