Oklahoma has hired East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley for the same role with the Sooners.
The school announced on the move on the football team’s Twitter account on Monday. Riley, 31, also will coach quarterbacks for Oklahoma.
TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, had been linked to the OU job last week when Fox Sports Southwest reported he was seen having lunch in Norman, Okla., with members of the OU coaching staff.
Riley spent five years on the East Carolina staff, and his up-tempo spread offenses have the five top passing seasons in school history.
Before heading to East Carolina, Riley spent three full seasons as a receivers coach at Texas Tech. The school’s offenses were among the nation’s most productive during that run. Riley was interim offensive coordinator for the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl, when the Red Raiders produced 579 yards in a 41-31 win over Michigan State.
The Sooners announced last week that they had fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell.
OU is still seeking an assistant to replace Norvell as wide receivers coach.
Riley went to East Carolina in January 2010 when Texas Tech defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill was hired from as Pirates head coach.
A native of Muleshoe, Texas, Riley spent seven total seasons on the Tech staff as a student assistant, graduate assistant and assistant coach under head coach Mike Leach. Riley was interim coordinator for the 2010 Alamo Bowl after Leach had been suspended and fired over allegations he abused a player.
Leach was coach Bob Stoops’ first offensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 1999 before become the Red Raiders head coach.