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Riley new OC at Oklahoma


(Saturday, January 17)

(AP) - Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops wants new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley to take his offense back in time.

Well, not all the way back. But the 31-year-old Riley will bring back the pass-happy Air Raid offense that helped Stoops and the Sooners dominate the Big 12 in the 2000s.

''We had so much success with it through the years, and just little by little here in the last several years, we kind of slowly drifted away from it,'' Stoops said. ''I had a goal in mind to get back to running that type of system, and I felt we got the absolute best guy to do it.''

Stoops introduced Riley to Oklahoma media Saturday. Riley said he's ready for the challenge after running East Carolina's explosive offense for five years.

''It's an absolute honor to be here,'' Riley said. ''It's a little surreal to be here in this environment and this program. It's something I've wanted for a long time.''

Baker Mayfield should have an advantage at quarterback. He transferred from Texas Tech last year after operating the Air Raid and being named the Big 12 offensive newcomer of the year in 2013. He sat out last season, but is eligible for the upcoming year.