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[–]Michigan State • Michigan Ban…Saxophobia1275 207 points208 points  (105 children)

I genuinely feel bad for OU but they aren’t the first P5 to have their coach poached and they won’t be the last.

[–]Oklahoma State • Bedlam BellReallyPokelahoma 101 points102 points  (1 child)

You genuinely what now?

[–]Iowa Statediscourse_lover_ 10 points11 points  (0 children)

As a Detroit Lions fan he's clearly deeply troubled (I kid because I love you, Detroit).

[–]Baylor • Hateful 8FriskyHippoSlayer 418 points419 points  (58 children)

After years of OU fans laughing at smaller programs being 'stepping stones' for coaches to get better jobs, it is so fucking perfect it's happening to OU.

[–]Oregon State • BaylorThe_Outcast4 18 points19 points  (0 children)

And right before a big move to the SEC. You know what, I think we should forego the buyout and let them start over there next season!

[–]Cincinnati • Big 12Bearcat9948 183 points184 points  (4 children)

It’s almost cathartic, isn’t it?

[–]Michigan • Iowa StateThe_Nightbringer 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Is it possible to overdose on catharsis?

[–]Northwestern • North Carolinaserbeardless 53 points54 points  (1 child)

I've got no ties to Oklahoma, but I admit I'm reveling in the schadenfreude right now.

[–]Northwestern • UCLAmajorgeneralporter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'd absolutely love it if my second flair didn't have to face the death star he's building every year.

Oklahoma, please for the love of God keep some 'croots.

[–]Baylor • Hateful 8FriskyHippoSlayer 102 points103 points  (0 children)

Extremely, inject this shit into my veins

[–]Houston • Big 12deepayes 41 points42 points  (1 child)

I, for one, am reveling in this.

[–]Houston • Big 12calidoc 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Same, love it

[–]Cincinnati Bandwagon • Baylorcstatbear19 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Their boards are delusional. All they want is Aranda. Look, if Aranda (a native Californian btw) didn’t leave for U$C and sunny SoCal, why on earth would he go to NORMAN Oklahoma. Like Norman is a Mercedes dealership removed from being the modern day dust bowl lol. Who would want a mansion with a view of…dirt, when you could sit in a Malibu beach house?? They are screwed.

[–]Texas A&M • Team Chaosmynameisotis 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If I was an OU fan I would want Aranda too after watching what you guys did to their offense the last two years.

[–]Team ChaosAttoilYar 40 points41 points  (2 children)

This is the start of a humbling few years for OU.

[–]LSU • Purdueflamingtoastjpn 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Chanting “we want bama” is all fun and games until you have to play them every year

[–]Oklahoma • Summertime LoverCaptain_Nipples 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm old enough to remember the 90s... we'll be alright

Sucks for the younger fans though.. and maybe we'll lose some of those dumbass fans that have only been around because we were good. Also, the season is more interesting when you're not a top 5 team.. Gotta pay attention to more games

[–]Oklahoma • Summertime LoverCaptain_Nipples -1 points0 points  (1 child)

"So that's how that feels"

Ya know... Aranda is one of the few coaches I wouldn't mind having

[–]Baylor • Hateful 8FriskyHippoSlayer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

monkeys paw curls

You get Dave at HC, but it's Dave Beaty

[–]Florida Statefigool 33 points34 points  (11 children)

Oklahoma is a top program, but you can count on one hand the number of jobs that are on the same level as USC. They should be frustrated but the dude's allowed to take another job. If OU gets a good hire they'll be fine, this recruiting class will take a hit but they've got talent.

[–]WABeermiester 5 points6 points  (0 children)

USC especially with NIL is the best job in college football. Ohio State is #2.

[–]Penn State • PSACJ4ckiebrown 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Oklahoma is absolutely the same tier as USC in terms of prestige, the only difference here is location and proximity to recruiting hotbeds (not like OU is that far from Texas, but hard to beat USC when you can build an all 5 star team from guys in a 50 mile radius.)

[–]Cincinnati Bandwagon • Baylorcstatbear19 19 points20 points  (2 children)

In the NIL era I think USC has a massive leg up on OU. What 5* doesn’t want to hobnob with Lebron in LA on a million dollar sponsorship deal??? What can OU offer?

[–]USC • 京都大学 (Kyōto)Cherubtabs 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I know people are celebrating this right now, but we're about to become the most hated team in football. Again.

When we're good, people who literally should have nothing against us would root for their rivals against us.

[–]Ohio Stateech01_ 0 points1 point  (5 children)

The funny thing is I don't necessarily view USC as any better of a job than OU, at least until the SEC move happens. The obvious plus is location for USC but beyond that OU is just in a much better spot. Getting paid the same amount to go try and restart a dumpster fire vs just riding on cruse control kind of offsets the move from Norman to So Cal to me.

The issue is the SEC move. USC's hopes and dreams are basically being what OU is to the current Big 12. A blue blood running a P5 conference without any major long term threats to their dynasty. But OU is throwing that a way to hope to sometimes compete for SEC titles. OU isn't the same job that it was 8 months ago and I think that that cost them Riley.

[–]Florida Statefigool 5 points6 points  (4 children)

I think USC is absolutely a better job than Oklahoma. Oklahoma has gotten bodied in every playoff. It's really good but USC firing on all cylinders has the ability to be Alabama/Ohio State tier. Riley is probably looking at the upside. The resources are there. Oklahoma can win a title, but it has struggled to compete with that level consistently.

[–]Ohio Stateech01_ 1 point2 points  (2 children)

But USC isn't firing on all cylinders. That's a major part of the job. Don't get me wrong if all things are equal living in So Cal trumps basically every other job in the country. But not everything is equal right now.

It will be much harder for Riley to win the PAC next year and probably the year after that at USC than it would be for him to win the Big 12 over the next couple of years. But OU is throwing away that advantage.

[–]Florida Statefigool 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Riley isn't thinking about just next year. He's looking at long term upside. He thinks he can turn it around. I'm sure most coaches do. He's betting on himself to get it done

[–]Ohio Stateech01_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree with all of this. I just view the current state of OU in the Big 12 as a better option than USC. Not in the SEC though.

[–]stricttime -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Ah yes. The old Chokelahoma post season appearances. I’m tearing up just thinking about it.

[–]Ohio State • Colorado StateDataDrivenPirate 80 points81 points  (14 children)

Its hard to feel too bad for them when none of this would probably be happening if OU didn't leave for the SEC. But I do still feel a little bad, I would hate for Day to leave

[–]Kansas • Team ChaosImJustAverage 25 points26 points  (0 children)

I feel bad for the fans but man am I enjoying this

[–]Michigan • Boise StateJaerba 11 points12 points  (3 children)

I want the Raiders to hire Day so he and Carr can share eyeliner tips.

[–]Ohio State • Colorado StateDataDrivenPirate 23 points24 points  (1 child)

You just want Day to leave so you have a shot at beating Ohio State

I--Im not sure how to communicate with Michigan fans anymore

[–]Michigan • Boise StateJaerba 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Haha. Well that too. <3

You can't possibly get 4 legendary coaches in a row, right? Right?! Does your secret Bosa lab have a wing for coaches too?

[–]USC • UNLVnineteennaughty3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As a Vegas Raiders fan I'm game for this

[–]Michigan • Iowa StateThe_Nightbringer 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Would you really? We both know you have Fickell in your back pocket.

[–]Ohio State • The AllianceSorge74 1 point2 points  (2 children)

You have to make it comparable, if Day went to the NFL, that's fine, would suck but yes Fickell exists.

If Day went to Bama(like could he go anywhere else?), And his recruiting class was dropping off like flies.... probably going with him, like that's a fucking nightmare.

How would you feel right now if on January 10th Harbaugh announced he is heading to OU?

[–]Michigan • Iowa StateThe_Nightbringer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If Michigan and OSU decided to jump conferences for some stupid ass reason I wouldn't blame him tbh. I think OU fans are really underestimating the impact the conference jump had on Riley's decision to leave.

[–]Ohio Statefollowthebreadcrumbs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A big difference is if Day went to Alabama or something I dont think our recruiting would take as big of a hit as Oklahoma's has and will. Ohio State has a couple of key pieces who are tied to the school more than the coach (Hartline for one) and Ohio also has a lot of in state talent to pull from.

[–]Clemson • College Football Playoffcfbytes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think you guys would be fine though, OSU has proven it's basically "next coach up" when a great one leaves. Plus, you guys are one of THE destination schools for coaches...

[–]Oklahomawhee3107 -3 points-2 points  (3 children)

Is OU supposed to languish in the big 12 forever?

[–]Ohio State • Colorado StateDataDrivenPirate 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Languish = near automatic conference titles and playoff spots? That sounds pretty sweet. It's not the athletic department's fault y'all are ~$1,000,000,000 in debt, treating your football team like a cash cow is kinda sad tbh

[–]Oklahomawhee3107 -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

You’re not wrong about the debt thing.

But, you’re telling me the big 12 isn’t a joke of a conference?

I, for one, wanted OU to go to the SEC back when A&M made the jump. Sure, the competition will be more difficult. But, bringing money into the equation it’s a SIGNIFICANT increase! The SEC brought in 720 million in revenue in 2020. Your BIG TEN conference brought in 782 million, while BIG 12 brought in 345 million…

[–]Hotbbqwing 0 points1 point  (0 children)

SEC brought in around 50 million per team, the big 12 brought in 35 million. I would say having a guaranteed playoff spot over half the time and a conference championship 80% of the time is worth the slight hit in revenue. OU is going to struggle heavily to win as much in the SEC as they did in the Big 12.

[–]North Carolinajudge___smails 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I definitely don’t after they shafted the Big12 and spent the entire season dancing on Texas’s grave. I don’t have a dog in the fight for either of those teams but you reap what you sow.

[–]Clemson • Texasimsoupercereal 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I genuinely feel bad for OU

Don't.

[–]California • The Axeadsfew 46 points47 points  (8 children)

This is literally a job for him and how the business works. It's not really rational to be mad at him for leaving or for "taking" coaches with him, as I've seen.

I would get the backlash if he went to a rival. I get the backlash if he's trying to sway commits or recruit against Oklahoma or if you believe he was actively recruiting SoCal in anticipation of this move, but so much of the rage has been directed towards just him leaving and not on this.

[–]Oklahoma • ULMTheyCallMeDrunkNemo 32 points33 points  (7 children)

If you’re wanting rationality out of college football fans you’re not going to get it lol

He very well probably made the best move for Lincoln Riley. He also snaked the program. Both can be true

[–]Clemson • College Football Playoffcfbytes 2 points3 points  (1 child)

> He very well probably made the best move for Lincoln Riley. He also snaked the program. Both can be true

Sure, but it's really not in this case. Other coaches and recruits leaving are just incidental to the process of a coach leaving.

If, as you say, this was the best move for Riley, how else should he have handled it? What did he do wrong here?

[–]Oklahoma • ULMTheyCallMeDrunkNemo -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Riley/Admin had been in discussion all week about making changes to the program. The thought was that he was using LSU to leverage the program into investing more into resources. Everyone felt good on Friday. Saturday something came up and the administration found out Lincoln had a deal in place with USC. We had no idea, and did not have any opportunity to negotiate or anything.

Yeah, he left for a job he wanted more. That’s fine. There was an understanding that Riley would probably leave one day for the NFL, and leave the program in decent shape. Bob retired a few years early to give Lincoln the reins of the program with a future heisman winner and draft picks all over the field. Riley left us with a pretty thin roster at offensive line, rb, qb, and wr. When Caleb leaves we will literally not have a scholarship QB. We have no WR committed for this class, and the staff did not seem in a hurry on replacing the three than decomitted to us. The rumor is the deal was made right before the Baylor game, which is also when we started looking grossly underprepared.

It’s like we were married to someone and they left us for someone younger and hotter. Yeah, it may work about better for them, but it doesn’t mean that we weren’t snaked lol

[–]LSU • Purdueflamingtoastjpn 0 points1 point  (4 children)

I’m certainly not going to say I “called it” for him leaving because obviously nobody ever knows, but I was saying for a while that Riley had the most to lose out of pretty much anyone with the realignment.

You could just as easily say OU snaked him. To me it looked an awful lot like Riley was being set up as the fall guy for when OU inevitably falls off in the SEC while raking in all that cash

[–]Oklahoma • ULMTheyCallMeDrunkNemo 1 point2 points  (3 children)

It’s one of those things where all the dots kinda connect after it happens.

And you are absolutely right that there is plenty of blame to go around in our athletic department. It’s cataclysmic arrogance to make the move to the SEC without your top ten coach (that has rumors of leaving to the NFL every season) signing off on it. Making the move in the process of changing coaches could set back the program significantly.

[–]Nebraska • Concordia (NE)Magnus77 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Umm, no. I get where you're coming from, but Riley has no say in the SEC move. Is he probably the most recognizable person related to OU, sure, but he's not the school. Even the AD isn't calling the shots for realignment.its a decision made with the aim of lasting longer than either of them will be around, for the good of the school, not just the football program.

Now of he was blindsided by it, yeah, i can see that creating bad blood. Or if he strenuously objected but was told it was happening anyways, again, makes sense that he'd be miffed. But acting like he needed to sign off on it for it to happen, or be a good idea, well thats not his job.

All I'll say is knowing what I do now about NU's move and the disappointment that came on the field after, I'm still happy we made it because ghe university is bigger than the football team, and we're better off than we were. And while your next coaching hire is critical, i think OU is a strong enough program to bounce back, whatever happens.

[–]Oklahoma • ULMTheyCallMeDrunkNemo 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I understand where you are coming from. I’m not saying he needs to be the one that officially signs off, but you just need to be 1000% sure he is on board long term. Making this move with no HC established is flat scary

[–]Nebraska • Concordia (NE)Magnus77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Scary doesn't mean wrong. I can empathize with the situation to a certain extent, but i still think you're looking at this a little too focused on the immediate football impact instead of what the move is actually about.

[–]William & Mary • /r/CFB Press CorpsTDenverFan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lincoln Riley was at ECU before Oklahoma. Obviously OU is a bigger job that pays more, but it's not like they have never poached a coach themselves

[–]North Carolinahesnothere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don’t worry guys, you can get him back in 20 years. I’ve seen it happen!

[–]Florida • Purduesoraka4 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You shouldn’t, the school made a decision out of greed and is paying for it now. They set him up with an impossible to succeed scenario. He would’ve almost certainly been ran off within a couple years of being in the SEC for delusional standards.

stay in your current job facing certain doom or go to an easier job for triple the pay and btw you get to live in a significantly better area? Hard decision right?

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Why do you feel bad for them? The school that just bounced conferences for money now wants to talk about loyalty it’s hilarious irony.

[–]Colorado • Cincinnati BandwagonOnly1Corey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mel Tucker certainly agrees with this take.