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OU's Riley praises Stoops at Big 12 media days

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

FRISCO, Texas - New Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley had plenty of praise for his predecessor, the recently retired Bob Stoops, as Riley made his Big 12 media days debut on Monday.

Facing the media at the conference's annual event at The Star -- headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys -- Riley spoke kindly of Stoops, who was a frequent topic of conversation even though he wo not be stalking the sideline this fall.

Riley, 33, made sure to note that while he has learned much from his former boss, he is not necessarily going to imitate everything Stoops did.

"I am comfortable with myself and being myself," Riley said. "I do not have an ego in this, and say, 'Well, I have got to change things just because I am the head coach.' And I do not want to seem like I am just trying to be Bob Stoops 2.0 or whatever you want to call it. I want to use the things I think are right, and if there's a few things I think fit my personality better or can help us as a team, then I am certainly not going to hesitate to do those."

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