Lincoln Riley’s predecessor, Bob Stoops, created a regular behavior of poking at the SEC throughout the offseason.
With a nod in that course, Riley, talking Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Oklahoma Town meeting, stated the national perceptions toward the SEC are changing.
“I consider some of the Tv networks have designed a SEC bias over the final several a long time and I consider it’s setting up to go absent a minor little bit,” Riley stated after being questioned about the problem of recruiting to the defensive aspect in the Large 12. “I consider men and women are setting up to see that that is just smoke and mirrors, to be fully truthful. I know the mentor right before me below had a good deal to say behind that.”
Riley went on to say he was pleased with the Sooners’ recruiting on the defensive aspect of the ball, although he did want it to get a substantial phase forward.
He in comparison it to offensive recruiting when he very first arrived to Oklahoma vs. what the Sooners are able to bring in now on that aspect of the ball.
“I consider that is a cop-out a minor little bit for men and women who never recruit very well,” Riley stated. “We have not had a trouble recruiting defensive players … when we can start out to set jointly on-tape and on-the-industry the regular results that we expect defensively, then we’re going to be able to recruit even far better players. To give you an illustration, the men that we recruit now offensively, when I very first got below 4 a long time back, we couldn’t recruit individuals men. We would not have had a shot.
“We’re recruiting at a high degree defensively now. To get to that elite degree — to get that next phase with the men we’re recruiting — we have got to go enjoy the way that we want to enjoy on the industry and we’re on the way to carrying out that.”
Riley pointed to the choosing of new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and new defensive assistants Roy Manning and Brian Odom, evaluating it once again to when Stoops brought him aboard as offensive coordinator right before the 2015 time.