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Ryan Day and Lincoln Riley's Similar Head Coaching Paths Paying Dividends on the Field and the Recruiting Trail

There's been no shortage of offensive firepower in Columbus and Norman.

Ohio State and Oklahoma have been blessed with some of the sport's top offensive minds. Ryan Day and Lincoln Riley have yet to face one another as head football coaches, but their career trajectories have seen a similar path.

At just 36 years of age, Riley has already spent seven years on Texas Tech's staff, five seasons at East Carolina, and two seasons as the Sooners' offensive coordinator before taking over as head coach in June of 2017. In his three seasons leading the way in Norman, Riley has led Oklahoma to a trio of College Football Playoff appearances; though he's still looking to get over that semifinal hump.