Lincoln Riley may be the youngest head coach in the FBS at 33, but that doesn’t mean he’s intimidated by the pressure that will be put on him at Oklahoma.
Riley steps into a job with very high expectations since he’s following Bob Stoops, the winningest coach in school history. But he told ESPN’s Jake Trotter that he has “always envisioned” taking a head coaching job with that sort of pressure.
“Of course, you get the pressure with it. Of course, the expectations are there to win,” Riley said. “But that’s something that I enjoy. If you don’t enjoy that sense of pressure and those expectations, [Oklahoma] is probably not the place for you.”
Stoops went 190-48 with the Sooners and won a national title and 10 Big 12 championships. He was also 11-7 against Texas in the Red River Rivalry.
Riley said he knows the significance of winning that game against the Longhorns. He said the pressure for that matchup is “its own monster.”
“I understand the game and how important it is,” Riley said.
But if he handles that pressure the same way he handles the pressure of the rest of his job, he won’t shy away from it.
Oklahoma opens the season at home against UTEP on Sept. 2. The Sooners play the Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Oct. 14.