The state of Oklahoma may yet exact some measure of revenge on former Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley.
A state senator has proposed legislation that would rename a remote speck of highway for the 38-year-old Riley, who stunned the college football world late last month by abruptly departing for USC after five successful seasons in Norman.
On Tuesday, Oklahoma senator Bill Coleman of Panca City put forth the bill that would dub a three-inch stretch of westbound State Highway 325, near the border with New Mexico, "Lincoln Riley Highway," ESPN reported. After its proposal this week, this bill will be voted on by the state senate in February, the report said.
Coleman said it would be a fitting farewell after Riley had left many in The Sooner State "in shock."
"I felt the State of Oklahoma needed an appropriate goodbye to this former head coach whose sudden departure left many in shock, including a team of young, dedicated college players," Coleman said in a release.
"I found the tiniest section of our most desolate of highways to pay tribute to Coach Riley's exit from Oklahoma football and the state. This is only fitting as this is the last three inches one sees before leaving our great state heading west."
Riley won four Big 12 titles in his five seasons with Oklahoma. After his team's season-ending loss to Oklahoma State last month, Riley unequivocally denied that he would be the next head coach at LSU. However, he failed to rule out any other destinations -- such as USC.
The next day, reports surfaced that Riley was taking the USC job. It was later revealed he was lured with a contract that would pay him around $110 million.
Coleman, like others responding to Riley's move, questioned how it was handled.
"While we are all free to pursue employment elsewhere, there is a level of professionalism that is expected to be adhered to. From all indications, professionalism was pretty much absent in how this departure was executed."