Oklahoma mailbag: Will Lincoln Riley hand off play-calling duties this season?

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Rick N Myskey Jr. asks, when is Lincoln Riley going to hand over play calling to the offensive coordinator?

It’s not going to happen anytime soon. When Riley brought in Shane Beamer from Georgia to coach tight ends, H-backs and be the assistant head coach for offense, there was the thought he might give it up then. There are now three offensive assistants — Beamer, Cale Gundy and Bill Bedenbaugh who carry a title above assistant coach.

But there’s no doubt Riley remains the Sooners’ offensive play-caller. The way you can tell he has no interest in giving that up is he remains the Sooners’ quarterback coach.

The coaching setup Riley has created is rare. Most college head coaches turn over the play sheet to a coordinator. There was no doubt Riley was going to call the plays last season. He took over as coach less than four months before the season started.

I think we can all agree that worked out fine for Oklahoma. Riley put together another strong recruiting class. It didn’t seem like the Sooners missed a beat.

You do wonder how long Riley can maintain the workload he’s created for himself. Along with calling the offensive plays, he is the quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator and he’s also taken the most active role in recruiting since Barry Switzer was in charge.

Most coaches delegate many of the responsibilities Riley retains. They become managers of the program as much as coaches. Riley is more hands-on than most and has shown no hints he’s interested in backing off.

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