Lincoln Riley Not Happy With NCAA Over Handling Of Amani Bledsoe Case

first_imgoklahoma head coach lincoln riley at the orange bowlMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Lincoln Riley is in Nashville to attend the 2019 NFL Draft where he expects to hear several of his players’ names called. But there’s one particular who he hopes gets drafted, in part to vindicate how his college career was negatively impacted by the NCAA.Speaking at a Tuesday press conference, Riley expressed his frustration at the NCAA’s handling of defensive end Amani Bledsoe’s case. The controversy around Bledsoe stems from a substance use ban that cost him the bulk of his college career.Via OUInsider:“Yeah, it has been frustrating,” Riley said Tuesday morning on the Big 12 post-spring teleconference. “I mean, and it’s probably just more of the personal side. You know this kid. This is a kid that through his entire career was never on one [bad] list, never missed a class, never missed a workout, I mean, just as good as you could draw him up, just did everything right. And to see him get the strictest penalty in sports for something that was, the facts of the case—it’s questionable at best—yeah, it is frustrating.”Bledsoe tested positive for a banned substance in October 2016 and was suspended for the rest of his freshman year and part of his sophomore year. In addition, he had a year of eligibility revoked, effectively ending his college career after his junior season.His appeal in the case was denied, but OUInsider reported that the specific rules in question could be altered – not that it will do Bledsoe any good.As a result, the former four-star defensive end didn’t get a chance to show off his skills fully until his junior year.Lincoln Riley praised his stud defensive end for how he handled the situation, and expects him to have a long and successful NFL career.“But he’s the kind of guy [that] he’s going to make the most of it,” Riley said. “Somebody’s going to give him a chance, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all for him to go have a long, great career. And I damn sure hope he does.”Good luck Mr. Bledsoe![OUInsider]last_img

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