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OU football: Lincoln Riley wishes for one tweak to NCAA transfer portal

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy grouped the NCAA transfer portal with religion and politics Tuesday morning. 

“I don’t even think it’s worth commenting on, because you’re gonna get such a mixed reaction from people," Gundy said. 

The reactions were truly mixed among coaches on the Big 12 teleconference.

Lincoln Riley's thoughts on the divisive portal weren't as pointed as Gundy's, but the Oklahoma coach hoped for continued evolution and tweaks to the system. One in particular. 

"The part about it I still have a hard time with is that you don't have to come tell your coach if you're gonna get in it," Riley said. "Any job in the world, if you're gonna leave or go take another job, it's the right thing to go tell the people that you work for. It's just common respect, courtesy, that you have those conversations. 

"We're here to educate and help grow young men, yet we don't put them in position where they've gotta make grown-man choices and have grown-man talks. That part to me is still a little perplexing, but I think it's done some good things for players' rights." 

Some have likened the transfer portal to free agency for college sports. Oklahoma has been active on the market. Jalen Hurts is in line to become OU's third consecutive starting quarterback to arrive via transfer. 

The NCAA transfer portal, created last fall, is an electronic database that streamlines the transfer process. 

Rather than waiting for permission to contact other schools, student-athletes now are put into the portal within 48 hours of making a request to the compliance staff. 

"The ease of transfer," said Kansas coach Les Miles, "I think it’s wonderful for the player. I don’t know that it’s great for the coaches." 

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Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley talks with Jalen Hurts (1) during the University of Oklahoma's (OU) spring football game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Friday, April 12, 2019. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley talks with Jalen Hurts (1) during the University of Oklahoma's (OU) spring football game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Friday, April 12, 2019. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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