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Taking NFL job ‘not burning desire’ for Lincoln Riley

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Lincoln Riley is 24-4 in two seasons at Oklahoma. He’s coached a pair of Heisman Trophy winners and has led the Sooners to back-to-back College Football Playoff appearances. 

Riley knows his name will be a popular one for NFL openings in the coming weeks. 

“If anything, last night just makes me hungrier,” Riley said Sunday morning, following Oklahoma’s loss to Alabama in the Orange Bowl. “We’ve gotten a lot done here. You don’t sit there and say we didn’t get done. We got a lot done but we know there’s a little more left to get done. I feel like we’re about to do it.” 

Riley said the question of him taking an NFL job has come up while recruiting. 

“Like I’ve said, I don’t see that as a step up, not in this profession,” Riley said. “It’s not a burning desire of mine by any stretch right now. Not even close. It doesn’t even compare to my burning desire to win a national championship here.” 

The Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns are both looking for a coach. 

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