OU football: Lincoln Riley spending time working out with Bennie Wylie, watching Tiger King
NORMAN — OU coach Lincoln Riley said work is relatively normal for him right now.
"Other than being outside for a spring practice or hosting recruits, we're getting just about everything else done that we would if we were in the office," Riley said Monday during an appearance on the "Monsters of the Midday" on the Sports Animal in Oklahoma City.
What Riley said has changed is his workout routine.
"I sneak over the Bennie (Wylie)'s garage early in the morning to let him work me out a little bit," Riley said of OU's strength and conditioning coach. "So that's been good getting a little bit extra time with him and then back over here (home)."
Riley said his staff meets by around 8:30 every morning before spending time with film study, position meetings, recruiting evaluations and calls with recruits.
While the Big 12 guidelines issued recently allowed Riley and other coaches time to meet with their players and send some limited equipment, Riley said he'd like to see the rules change even further — especially once it gets closer to a time where teams can resume practice.
"We can't monitor, virtually, any workouts, so if those restrictions stay in place, it's going to take, in my estimation, somewhere in the month range to get these guys back in good enough shape to practice and just to be safe so that you don't have a bunch of unnecessary injuries," Riley said on the show. "If we're able to potentially do more with them as this time goes on, I think that number could potentially be reduced but it's going to take a little bit of time.
"You don't just snap your fingers or go run a couple sprints and be ready to go practice at this level and into a training camp-style practice with a few weeks to get ready to play games. Hopefully we can continue to do more and more but in the meantime, we've got to do the most with what we have."
Riley said he and his staff are spending the majority of their time concentrating on the players who are new the the system, saying the older players have a better sense of what they need to do during this time to stay prepared.
"You've got to spend a little more time with those guys right now because with this time off, they still don't have a great grasp of everything," Riley said of the young players. "So I think a lot of our time has been spent with those guys just to make sure that they know exactly what they should be working on and why they should be working on it — things that they would've learned during spring ball."
Riley was asked what sporting event he missed the most.
"I hate that we don't have The Masters this week," Riley said. "That's probably my favorite sporting event of the year. I saw they rescheduled it for November so hopefully we're right in the middle of a championship run at that time."
Riley also said he'd spent a little of his time recently watching Netflix's "Tiger King," a docuseries on Oklahoma's Joe Exotic.
"We've gotten a couple episodes in," Riley said. "It's interesting to say the least. Some pretty good laughs too."