Former Pirate offensive coordinator Riley wins Broyles Award as nation’s top assistant coach

Lincoln Riley
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley coaches before the start of an NCAA college football game against Tulsa in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma’s 32-year-old offensive coordinator is the mastermind behind the Sooners’ offensive resurgence and quarterback Baker Mayfield’s run at the Heisman Trophy. His powerful offense will be on display when No. 4 Oklahoma faces No. 1 Clemson in a New Year’s Eve in a semifinal, on the road to what the Sooners hope will be their eighth national title. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)

LITTLE ROCK, (WNCT) – Former East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley was named the winner of the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.

Riley’s offense at Oklahoma averaged over 45 points per game this season. The Sooners will play Clemson in the national semfinals on New Year’s Eve.

The Rotary Club of Little Rock, Arkansas, presents the award each year. The award is named after former Arkansas coach and athletic director Frank Broyles, who trained a number of assistants who went on to lead their own successful programs as head coaches.

The other finalists were Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik and Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles.

 

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