Lincoln Riley: Don't expect an offensive dip for Sooners

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--ARLINGTON, Texas -- It seems inevitable, after the way Oklahoma's offense has performed the last four seasons that eventually there would have to be some level of regression.

But Sooners coach Lincoln Riley isn't about to concede to any setback for his team offensively.

"We don't plan on our offense dipping," Riley said Monday at Big 12 Media Days when asked if he expected the defensive improvement under first-year defensive coordinator Alex Grinch making up for any falloff on offense. "We definitely expect our defense (to be better).

"What we've been able to see behind the scenes up to this point gets you encouraged and excited."

The Sooners replace not only quarterback Kyler Murray but four of the five offensive linemen from last year's Joe Moore Award-winning unit as well as wide receiver Marquise Brown, who was a first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft.

Riley said he stayed out of the Title IX investigation surrounding redshirt sophomore running back Kennedy Brooks, who was recently cleared and reinstated to the team after being away from the team during the offseason.

"During the process I was not involved at all, updated at all," Riley said. "That's a process that our school takes very seriously."

Riley was also asked about the offseason situation involving Austin Kendall and his transfer to West Virginia after last season.

Oklahoma initially balked at allowing Kendall to be immediately eligible with the Mountaineers before backing down.

"I don't think it's healthy for the league," Riley said, referring to a player being able to transfer within the conference and be eligible immediately. "In the end, my personal relationship with Austin and his family ... I think the personal side of it maybe overtook the business side.

"I still don't really agree with it but in that moment I wanted to do the best thing for the kid."

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