The internet has been spinning on Sunday afternoon after the news of Oklahoma’s head coaching vacancy.
Former Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley is officially off to USC, which means that Oklahoma will be looking for a new head coach shortly before the Sooners’ move to the SEC.
USC Expected To Hire Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley
With the ties between Heupel and Oklahoma, such as him being a former National Champion with the Sooners, some have speculated around a potential link between Heupel and Oklahoma for their coaching search. Although, other folks on social media have been quick to downplay the rumors, all while new and old information concurrently hits regarding Heupel, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.
Here is some of the latest social media buzz in the early stages of Oklahoma’s coaching search regarding Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel.
Ryan Schumpert – Rocky Top Insider Beat Reporter
I would be surprised if Josh Heupel is the next coach at Oklahoma.
If he were to leave, his buyout is $8 million.
— Ryan Schumpert (@rschump00) November 28, 2021
Trey Wallace – Outkick College Football SEC Reporter
The only thing Tennessee fans need to worry about regarding Oklahoma and Josh Heupel is which Sooners QB recruit/Player he’s going after
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) November 28, 2021
Patrick Schmidt – Fansided Senior College Football Editor
Would Oklahoma hire Josh Heupel?
— Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) November 28, 2021
Dusty Dvoracek – ESPN Radio Host
Unreal, but can confirm Lincoln Riley is leaving OU for USC.. Expect Bob Stoops to be the interim Head Coach.
Wow. Just Wow….
— Dusty Dvoracek (@DustyDvoracek) November 28, 2021
Ric Butler – Rocky Top Insider Beat Reporter
Josh Heupel on his departure from Oklahoma while coaching at UCF:
“Thank God it happened! It’s worked out great for me. If I had stayed there, I wouldn’t be here.”
From the Orlando Sentinel in 2018 https://t.co/oIyZzke5Uw
— Ric Butler (@Ric_Butler) November 28, 2021
David Ubben – The Athletic National College Football Reporter
Never say never, but Josh Heupel and OU getting involved in any serious way would be more stunning to me than Lincoln Riley leaving Oklahoma.
— David Ubben (@davidubben) November 28, 2021
Peter Burns – ESPN SEC Network Host
Relax Tennessee fans.
Josh Heupel isn't going anywhere.
He's got a AD that just hired him, a fanbase that is fired up and a bright future in Knoxville. https://t.co/ESp2MzKX27
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) November 28, 2021
Brett McMurphy – Action Network College Football Insider
Out of box theory from Tennessee fan: if Josh Heupel goes to Oklahoma, maybe Lane Kiffin to Tennessee?
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 28, 2021