Riley's Commitment Brings Up Questions

Matt Riley

Matt Riley out of Cocoa Beach, Fla., has committed to Oklahoma State's track program. The 6-1, 180-pound Riley is also a talented football player. In the first three plays on his highlight tape from his junior season, Riley returns a punt 53 yards for a touchdown, catches a slip screen and goes 70 yards for a score, and takes a handoff as a running back and goes 55 yards for a touchdown.

In football, Riley has been recruited by a number of schools but had only one scholarship offer confirmed. and that was from Temple. He is scheduled to visit Oklahoma State on the weekend of the West Virginia game on Nov. 10.

The situation is unique. Several years back the NCAA closed loopholes on schools that were using Olympic sports to bolster numbers in the football program.

As confusing as this is, I ran this by the folks in the athletic department and I am told there is certain criteria that can be met that keeps a student-athlete in two sports (with one being football) counting on the Olympic sport's scholarship total. Here is what I found on the topic:

(a) In football, a counter who was recruited and/or offered financial aid to participate in football and who participates (practices or competes) in football and one or more sports (including basketball) shall be counted in the sport of football. A counter who was not recruited and/or offered financial aid to participate in football and who competes in football and one or more sports (including basketball) shall be counted in the sport of football;

This means that if Riley plays football, he would have to count against the initial 25 and the total limit of 85. That could create problems, but Riley does look good enough for Mike Gundy and his staff to consider.

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