Oklahoma hires Ruffin McNeill as defensive line coach

Lincoln Riley stood behind a dais just last week, fresh off the promotion of a lifetime, thanking his mentors.

Wednesday, he hired one of them.

Riley’s first staff addition as Oklahoma football coach was former East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill, who gave Riley his first major job by hiring him as ECU offensive coordinator in 2010.

It is expected that McNeill, 58,