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Sooners, Lincoln Riley agree to contract extension

AP All-Big 12 Team Football
Posted at 4:33 PM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-01 17:33:35-05

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma Sooners head football coach Lincoln Riley is staying in Norman.

University officials announced Tuesday that the school and Riley have agreed to a contract extension and salary increase.

The terms of the contract are still being finalized and are subject to approval by the OU Board of Regents, school officials said.

"We felt it important to extend and amend Lincoln's contract at this time as we want him at the University of Oklahoma for a long time," said OU President James Gallogly. "He is a great coach and role model for our student-athletes. His record of success speaks for itself. Lincoln is also the right representative for our university in such a high-profile position. I am proud to work with him and anxious to support him as he takes our program into the future."

The announcement comes on the heels of the No. 4 Sooners losing to No. 1 Alabama 45-34 in the Orange Bowl Saturday.

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In his first two seasons as head coach, the Sooners have produced back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners, Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield, played in the College Football Playoff and won two Big 12 Championships.

Riley took over as head coach in June 2017 when then head coach Bob Stoops retired.

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