Either way, both of the Big 12’s foremost programs will be led by new coaches this fall, which begs the question: Who will have the better first season?
Campus Insiders attempts to answer it:
Riley — just 33 — says he has a lot of confidence in the program, though he seems as shocked as everyone else he’s the head coach at OU.
At 42, Tom Herman is nearly a full decade older and, unlike his counterpart, has successfully worked as a head coach on the college level. Herman was the hottest name in the country this offseason, while Riley was seen as a rising star but not someone expected to lead a top team so soon.
Dylan McGorty (in the green) says Tom Herman will prove the better hire in the long run, but Riley is more likely to have a better 2017.
“Riley is stepping into a situation with that air-raid attack and he’s got a guy in Baker Mayfield that is very comfortable running it,” McGorty says, before adding that Mayfield could lock down a Heisman Trophy this year.
“For me, it’s really based on Baker Mayfield that I say Lincoln Riley will be more successful in year one,” says McGorty. “But I love Tom Herman in the long run.”