The Columbus Dispatch

Taylor: No interest in Oklahoma job

- Kelsey Conway

Despite Zac Taylor's ties to the University of Oklahoma, the Cincinnati Bengals coach said he has no interest in the school's vacant job.

Sooners coach Lincoln Riley left OU for USC earlier this week.

“No...absolutely not,” Taylor said in response to being asked if he would be interested if the Sooners were to approach him about the job. “We've put in too much work here. I've got too much respect for an organizati­on that took a chance on a young guy that not many people would and have the patience to stick through two difficult years with this vision in place. Nothing has been completed yet so there is zero percent chance I would ever consider something like that.”

Taylor was born in Norman, Oklahoma, and went to high school less than a mile from the university. His dad, Sherwood, played at Oklahoma.

Taylor is enjoying his first winning season as an NFL head coach. After going 6-25-1 in his first two seasons, Taylor has led the Bengals to a 7-4 record.

Taylor played quarterbac­k at Wake Forest and Nebraska and was named Big 12 offensive player of the year in 2006.

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