If anyone knows what Lincoln Riley is about to go through once the NFL rumors really start to heat up, it is Barry Switzer.
The former Oklahoma Sooners head coach is a legend at the school. From 1973-1988, he captured three national championships, and ran up a sterling 157-29-4 record.
He also had NFL success. Switzer coached four years for the Dallas Cowboys, capturing the 1995 Super Bowl, and reaching the playoffs in 1994 and 1996. He was 40-24 overall, with a 5-2 mark in the post-season.
Most consider leading an NFL franchise the pinnacle of coaching in the sport, but you can make a strong argument for staying at an elite college program like the Sooners.
That is the exact advice that Barry Switzer would give to Lincoln Riley: stick with Oklahoma football.
He took to Twitter to reach out to Riley, saying that it is exactly what he told Bob Stoops when NFL teams inquired about him.
— Barry Switzer (@Barry_Switzer) October 30, 2018
Stoops coached the Sooners from 1999-2016, capturing a national title in his second year, and reaching a bowl every season.
Ahead of the 2017 season, he made the surprising decision to retire at a relatively early age, ensuring that Riley would get the job. If he stays at OU, that will further Stoops’ own legacy.
Still, rumors about the Cowboys and Cleveland Browns, where his former quarterback Baker Mayfield is currently viewed as the quarterback of the future, continue to increase. Many coaches can’t resist that temptation, but on Saturday, Joel Klatt said that Riley told him that he isn’t super drawn to the NFL. Oklahoma fans hope that sentiment holds up.