November 13, 2018 / 5:02 PM / 6 months ago

Cowboys' Jones calls Riley interest 'speculation'

FILE PHOTO: Jul 26, 2018; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reacts during training camp at River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday denied reports that he is interested in Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley.

“That would be total drawing it out of the air,” Jones said during his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “Totally speculation.”

Riley’s name came up Sunday when NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Cowboys “have an affinity” for Riley “if they move on from Jason Garrett.”

On Sunday night, Garrett likely boosted his job security by leading the Cowboys (4-5) to a 27-20 road win against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Garrett, 52, has been the head coach in Dallas since midway through the 2010 season, compiling a 71-58 record with two postseason appearances (2014, 2016).

Riley’s name pops up frequently in NFL coaching conversations. The 35-year-old Lubbock, Texas, native led the Sooners to a 12-2 record and a Rose Bowl appearance in his first season as head coach in 2017. This season, No. 6 Oklahoma is 9-1 heading into Saturday’s game against Kansas.

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