Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt really tried to score some easy points with Sooners fans during his annual State of the State address on Monday by taking a poor attempted shot at former OU head coach Lincoln Riley.
Stitt pointed out that a number of people moved from the West Coast to Oklahoma during the pandemic, which prompted his next comment.
“Can you imagine leaving a place like Norman, Oklahoma, for Southern California — I mean, who would do that?” Stitt joked to scattered laughs and applause. “You’ll get that in a minute.”
The former Sooners coach became the first Oklahoma coach since 1947 to leave the Sooners for another collegiate job. Riley’s decision came five years after NBA star Kevin Durant made a similar jump from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Bay Area-based Golden State Warriors.
Riley posted a 55-10 record as coach of the Sooners, including 37-7 in conference play with four consecutive Big 12 championships.
He, along with Caleb Williams who also left Oklahoma, will now be tasked with bringing the USC Trojans back into the national picture.