Saturday, October 29, 2016

KU Head Coach Wanted To Hire Lincoln Riley

Every week when Kansas head coach David Beaty previews his team’s upcoming foe, the Kansas football coach with seemingly endless ties to his home state of Texas references various assistants he knows on opposing staffs and praises them for what they’re accomplishing.

Beaty delivered more of the same leading up to the Jayhawks’ trip to face No. 16 Oklahoma on Saturday, and shared his admiration for Sooners offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley dated back a few years. In fact, Beaty hoped to add Riley to his staff when he took over KU’s program in December, 2014.

“I couldn't hire him, so I hired his brother,” Beaty said, referring to offensive analyst Garrett Riley, who began working at KU early this year, “and he's over here with us and he's really good.”

Both Lincoln and Garrett walked on as quarterbacks at Texas Tech, and Garrett eventually transferred to Stephen F. Austin. The Riley brothers worked together on the East Carolina staff before Lincoln moved on to join Oklahoma in January of 2015. (
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