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OU football: Sooners entering transfer portal not a surprise to Lincoln Riley

NORMAN — OU football experienced an exodus earlier this off-season, but it wasn't surprising.

Several players — most of them on the defensive side of the ball — have entered the transfer portal since the season ended.

The decision by those players to enter the transfer portal was one OU coach Lincoln Riley was expecting. They knew, or at least had an idea that many of those players would transfer.

And there wasn’t just one reason that players decided to transfer.

“I think it's a combination of one, this day and age, you're gonna lose a few guys in the transfer portal. I don't care who you are, where you are. It's gonna happen,” Riley said. “And then second, I think some of it is the result of our recruiting there continuing to improve. Better, younger talent.

“And then I think also, just talking purely scheme fits for a couple of the guys, I think there's a few guys that certainly were recruited by previous staff for a radically different scheme, and this scheme was just not a great fit. And then I think we had a few guys at the end of the day that were certainly just looking for maybe a better chance and a better opportunity to compete.”

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University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley speaks during a press conference at OU in Norman, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.  [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley speaks during a press conference at OU in Norman, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

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Abby Bitterman

Abby Bitterman covers OU athletics for The Oklahoman. She joined The Oklahoman in September 2019 to cover high school sports. A Chicago native, Abby graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2019 with degrees in journalism and political... Read more ›

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