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Kyler Murray, Isaiah Simmons Confident Kliff Kingsbury Staying In NFL

Players react to Oklahoma rumor

Kyler Murray has a vested interest in what happens with the vacant head coaching job at Oklahoma, having won the Heisman Trophy as a Sooners quarterback.

But potentially having his NFL coach Kliff Kingsbury take that job? "I know Kliff," Murray said Wednesday. "I don't really buy into it."

"If I'm him," Murray added, "I think he's got a pretty good job right now."

That includes a pretty good quarterback who should be around for a while.

(Murray also expressed happiness for former OU coach Lincoln Riley, who shocked the college football world when he took the USC job. "That's my guy," Murray said. "I know Sooner Nation is not too fond of the decision. (But) like Coach (Bob) Stoops said, 'No one man makes up the program.'... But Coach Riley, as for him, I stand by him, for sure.")

Another Cardinals youngster, linebacker Isaiah Simmons, said it was "very expected" to hear Kingsbury's name linked with Oklahoma. He's also heard the name of his college defensive coordinator Brent Venables, and "hopefully neither one of them leave."

Simmons acknowledged he went up to Kingsbury Monday about the subject.

"Me and you, we're in this for the long haul," Simmons told Kingsbury. "You're not going nowhere."

"I love coach Kingsbury and from what he's told us, he's not going anywhere ... I hope," Simmons added with a smile. "I want what's best for him at the end of the day. If he chooses to go, I hope that's the best for him. Just like ball, next man up. But we would like for him to stay for sure."

QB Kyler Murray and Coach Kliff Kingsbury during a workout in the summer of 2021

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