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That guy Stoops almost hired as offensive coordinator was named Most Outstanding Assistant Coach today

Today, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley received the 2015 Broyles Award, given annually to the most outstanding assistant coach in all of college football. Riley, a first-year offensive coordinator for the Sooners, is the youngest recipient of the award in its 20-year history.

Soooooooo why do we care?

Because Riley was in contention for the Kentucky offensive coordinator position when Shannon Dawson was hired. In fact, there was a time when he was considered the front-runner for the job, before an offer was extended to Dawson.

Therefore, this year’s most outstanding assistant coach could’ve been calling the plays on the UK sideline instead of calling the plays for Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff.

That sinking feeling in your stomach is perfectly normal.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

23 Comments for That guy Stoops almost hired as offensive coordinator was named Most Outstanding Assistant Coach today

  1. jimlowe7
    5:13 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    DREW!!! Don’t tell me you are of the belief that ANY coach who is OFFERED a football job at UK will automatically turn down all other offers and “come a runnin” to Lexington ROFL??? So I hope you are just pointing out how CLOSE we were to a potentially great hire rather than BELIEVING we had a chance!

  2. psacatfan
    5:21 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    Somebody please tell me Bob Stoops stole Lincoln Riley fom little bother and not that Mark chose Dawson over Riley. As I recall, Lincoln Riley was a very successful OC at East Carolina running a very powerful Offense and Dawson was a non-play calling OC at West Virginia.

  3. Pete
    5:25 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    I would go to OU over UK too if given the same choice. Contender > Pretender.

  4. Kentucky Ben
    5:33 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    Shannon Dawson wouldve done better at Oklahoma to uts the difference between The programs

    • Mr. Mojo
      6:24 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

      Right on, Ben. And had Riley come here, we’d be calling for his head because his receivers dropped too many passes.

  5. 2thepoint
    5:45 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    Who knows what happened when offers or negotiations were brewing. We don’t get do overs. We have who we have so let us move on.

  6. UK1983
    5:50 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    apparently he knows how to Coach harder than the other guys .

  7. Drew,

    Thanks for the pouring on and rubbing in of sodium chloride on the proverbial open wound. While you’re at it why don’t you recap the Laettner shot, Wuerffel to Doering, LSU’s miracle in the Bluegrass, the Damien Harris decision, the Wisconsin loss…

  8. bosshogg24
    5:55 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    Another goof up by Stoops, two bad OC hires in a row!

  9. MericaJake
    6:05 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    For whatever reason I followed this OC hunt before the season unusually closely and thought Riley was everything we could hope for. I watched film of his teams, and I watched their bowl game last year. This was a big miss. I’m not sure Dawson needs to be run out of town on a rail like some of ya’ll want, but the miss on Riley will be a lasting black mark on this regime. It may not be their fault. Riley may have spurned them because frankly he has watched UK play football in the last 10 years, he saw the disorganization in this organization before we did and/or he was smart enough to wait for a great job rather than run toward the bright lights of the SEC the first time someone came callin’. Either way Mark’s brother hired the right guy, aaaaaand we’re 5-7. Again. And we’re a disorganized mess.

  10. Biglaw Dawgin'
    6:19 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    Did Riley pick OU over us or did we pick Dawson over Riley? If it’s the latter, then it definitely stings. I thought Riley indicated he wasn’t interested or something like that though.

  11. lfcatfan
    7:23 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    It probably wasn’t Mark Stoops fault that we didn’t hire Riley, as he may have been offered the job by UK, but accepted an offer from OU. The article is written as though we didn’t offer.

    • MegatonRange
      7:29 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

      “The article is written as though we didn’t offer.”
      Well, would you expect any less?

  12. shelby
    7:34 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    If Shannon Dawson had gone to OU, he might’ve been named most outstanding assistant; the difference is talent folks. The Sooners have about 75 high school all Americans on their roster. Why won’t people give this staff a decent chance to REBUILD this program?

    • RUPPS.rhetoric
      9:20 am December 9, 2015 Permalink

      I’m glad there are still sane, rational people in our fanbase.

  13. catspress
    8:16 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    We have talent but the football program needs to get back to the basics. The following positions need to be created with our team. Special Teams coach and nothing but special teams: Special situations coach monitors and is responsible for all punt, kickoffs to include onsides and fakes when game film indicates it would be beneficial . Player organization coach-this position would include a brilliant mind that would have the ability to oversee situations and make sure each player knew their individual responsibility’s on in game situations, where communication between the special teams coach head coach along with the OC/DC could be fluent : would have the ability to start a team communication program immediately, Player relations coach this position would reinforce discipline in the locker roomer and ensure in the game behavior as well as sideline. 150,000 for each coaching position for young upcoming bright minds that are just starting in coaching and last yr we 7-5 just saying shit tired of losing.

  14. PoopTooth
    10:07 pm December 8, 2015 Permalink

    Riley made it clear he was not very interested UK…

  15. george56
    12:14 am December 9, 2015 Permalink

    We were clearly overmatched at the lines, both sides. The glaring errors were magnified because there were so few opps. As much as we hate the losses, I spect we got as much or more out of this crew as is reasonable. After all, when Towles had time to throw, he did pretty wellbut line just hasn’t had time to mature. I’m afraid its a 5 year deal, folks, cause the cupboard was really bare.

  16. Irememberharrylancaster
    6:39 am December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Hey, it wouldn’t have mattered if he was UK’s OC. He would be twisting in the wind just like Dawson is now. Word has it, Stoops puts the clamps on the offense. He doesn’t like the Air Raid. He hired Brown and Dawson to appease fans….then, makes the OC run a power game. So, until an OC actually has total control of the offense, we will continue to see this jumbled crap we have witnessed since Stoops arrived…..regardless of who we have as OC.