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Lincoln Riley says domestic abusers "won't work here"

Lincoln Riley watches practice Monday. (Photo by Steve Sisney)
Lincoln Riley watches practice Monday. (Photo by Steve Sisney)

Lincoln Riley says that if anyone on his staff commits domestic violence, “they won’t work here.”

The Urban Meyer scandal continues to percolate at Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ coach admitted he lied when he said he didn’t know about the domestic violence allegations concerning Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, who was fired a few weeks ago when the charges came to light.

Meyer has been suspended pending an Ohio State investigation, and the incident has given coaches all across the country cause to assess their own policies.

Riley, in his second year as the Sooner coach, said Friday he met with his staff and went over expectations, after news broke last week of the Ohio State situation.

“It’s something that our school, our university, with our Title IX department, our administration, they do a good job of educating us on that,” Riley said. “It’s something that we have talked about beforehand. It wasn’t anything new.

“But it was a good chance just to remind guys that whether it’s you, whether it’s one of your family members, anybody involved in anything, we have to report it. We’re mandatory reporters. There’s no secrets in this world anymore. We have to be honest with each other. We have to communicate.

“There’s obviously no room for any of that on our staff by you or one of your family members. If that happens here, they won’t work here. They know that. We have good people. It definitely is a good chance to remind them because it’s obviously a thing, something like that, it doesn’t just affect you, but so many people.”

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Head coach Lincoln Riley watches the offense during a college football practice for the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at the Rugby Fields in Norman, Okla., on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Head coach Lincoln Riley watches the offense during a college football practice for the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at the Rugby Fields in Norman, Okla., on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

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Berry Tramel

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew... Read more ›

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