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Lincoln Riley’s blunt proclamation on LSU rumors after Sooners’ Bedlam loss to Oklahoma State

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Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley bluntly shut down rumors that he could leave for the LSU Tigers after his team’s recent loss. Speaking after the Sooners’ 37-33 loss to Oklahoma State, Riley said, “I’m not going to be the next head coach at LSU.”

The Sooners’ loss eliminates them from Big 12 title contention, ending their streak of six consecutive conference championships. Four of those championships came during Riley’s first four seasons as head coach.

Following up on questions about the LSU speculation, reporters asked Riley if he needed a better understanding of the future of Oklahoma’s athletic department. Via ESPN, he said:

“No concerns about our administration, our AD, our president,” Riley said. “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.”

Riley then stressed the importance of collaboration and unity in order to get the Sooners back to the top. Via ESPN:

“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.”

Since replacing previous Sooners coach Bob Stoops, Lincoln Riley holds a 55-10 record in his five seasons in charge. Under his coaching, the Sooners have never finished lower than No. 7 in the final Associated Press poll. Ed Orgeron recently oversaw his last LSU home game against the Texas A&M Aggies.