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Riley says NFL choice 'made sense' for Murray

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, speaking Wednesday about Kyler Murray's decision to forgo an MLB career in favor of the NFL, told ESPN Radio's Freddie and Fitzsimmons, "I think in the end he just had a love of football that he just couldn't get past."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Oregon is hiring Jovon Bouknight as wide receivers coach. Bouknight had moved with Matt Wells from Utah State to Texas Tech but instead will join the Ducks staff to work with the wideouts. Football Scoop first reported the move.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

I've confirmed West Virginia is hiring Georgia State offensive coordinator Travis Trickett to coach tight ends. SB Nation first reported the hire. Trickett also has held coordinator roles at Florida Atlantic and Samford. He attended West Virginia and began his career there as a student assistant under Rich Rodriguez.

Jeff Passan ESPN 

Kyler Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the Oakland A's gave him last year. He forfeits the remaining $3.16 million due March 1. The A's will put him on the restricted list and retain Murray's rights, but they don't get a compensatory draft pick because he chose the NFL. Had Murray not signed, the A's would've received the 11th pick in this year's draft.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas A&M has quickly filled its offensive line coach vacancy by hiring Josh Henson from Oklahoma State's staff, according to a source. Henson and Jimbo Fisher crossed paths at LSU in the mid-2000s. Henson replaces Jim Turner, who left to join Zac Taylor's staff with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Inside the office of new Kansas State coach Chris Klieman hangs a framed Carson Wentz jersey. "That's my guy," Klieman says. He is excited about his first signing class with the Wildcats.