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OU football: Lincoln Riley worried about message of one-time transfer rule

NORMAN — Count OU’s Lincoln Riley among the group of coaches who aren’t exactly sold on a rule that would allow all players a one-time transfer without sitting out a season.

“Do I support it? It’s a tough question,” Riley said during Monday’s Big 12 teleconference. “I think there’s circumstances where a player should be allowed to and should be allowed to play right away. There’s certainly extenuating circumstances. I do get that those are difficult to define or make a decision on who gets it or who doesn’t. I think the obvious concern is do you have just a mass of players just leaving places the second that something doesn’t work out for them.”

Riley pointed to Isaiah Thomas, a redshirt junior, who had a limited role the last two seasons before blossoming this season.

“That’s an example of a young guy that maybe could’ve got discouraged when it wasn’t the fairy tale start to a career and this guy’s kind of hung in there, kept working and kind of turned himself into a heck of a player,” Riley said. “You wonder if you’ll have that many examples of that if and when this rule goes through.

“I support kids being able to play — I certainly do — but I’m a little bit worried about, are we teaching them that in life, the second something doesn’t go your way that you can just run from it and jump onto the next thing?”

The NCAA Division I Council is expected to introduce a one-time transfer rule proposal this week, with a vote expected to come in January, Sports Illustrated reported late last week. The rule would come into effect Aug. 1, 2021.

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Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley talks with an official during the Red River Showdown on Oct. 10 at the Cotton Bowl. Oklahoma won 53-45 in four overtimes. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley talks with an official during the Red River Showdown on Oct. 10 at the Cotton Bowl. Oklahoma won 53-45 in four overtimes. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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