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Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley ends speculation about Jets, NFL move

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Jets can cross one name off their wish list.

Despite reported interest from multiple NFL teams, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley said Thursday he will not turn pro anytime soon.

Riley, 35, has led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff in each of his two seasons since being promoted from offensive coordinator and is considered by many to be the best play-caller in college football, helping mold Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray into Heisman Trophy winners.

“I can’t tell you how I’m gonna feel in 10 years, but no, not right now,” said Riley, when asked about his interest in coaching in the NFL. “If I wasn’t at one of the elite programs in the country, maybe, but no, I’m very happy where I’m at right now.

“If it was 20, 30 years ago, where there were some major differences, maybe. … The way the college game has evolved, financially it’s a lot better situation now when you compare it to NFL teams. We’re at a place where we’re happy, and we don’t take that for granted. I love coaching at Oklahoma, love coaching college football.”

While guiding Oklahoma to another Big 12 championship and the nation’s highest-scoring offense, Riley said he’s been questioned about his future by numerous recruits, who have seen his name linked to NFL jobs.

“I was very upfront, said what I’ve said the 15 times I’ve been asked about it since,” Riley said. “I told them the truth. I told them I love where I’m at right now, and I don’t have that itch right now, and I fully plan on being at Oklahoma.”

A dozen years ago, Nick Saban fully planned on remaining the coach of the Miami Dolphins, angrily vowing he wouldn’t leave to become Alabama’s head coach.

Five national championships and five straight playoff appearances later, the Crimson Tide coach returned Thursday to the home of his two-year NFL stint.

“I kind of found out, maybe, I was a little more suited to be a college coach,” Saban said at Hard Rock Stadium. “That was a tough realization. … I decided that maybe the best thing for me to do was go back and be a college coach and have a better chance of being successful.”

Bank on Oklahoma leading receiver Marquise Brown suiting up Saturday night.

Despite being carted off from the Big 12 title game with a left ankle injury, the 5-foot-10 speedster practiced the past two days and plans to play in the Orange Bowl.

“If I’m breathing, I’m playing,” Brown said. “I’m doing the best I can with treatment and everything, just trying to get it as close to 100 percent as I can.”

Brown, a native of nearby Hollywood, Fla., led the Sooners with 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and posted 114 yards and a touchdown in last season’s semifinal loss to Georgia.

The Sooners were originally scheduled to practice at Brown’s former high school (Chaminade-Madonna) Thursday, but inclement weather moved the session to an indoor facility that was constructed at the request of Saban when he coached the Dolphins.

“There’s a lot of excitement getting to play back here, right around the corner from everyone,” Brown said. “No one’s really seen me play in person here in a while.”

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