The USC Trojans landed Lincoln Riley on Sunday to lead their football program. Riley released a statement after making the move to Los Angeles from Norman, Oklahoma.
Here’s Riley’s statement on the move pic.twitter.com/nV02c3dU2E
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Riley detailed how excited his is to join the tradition that is USC, as well as his eagerness to return the program back to glory. The Trojans have a long standing successful tradition in college football as one of the premier programs in the sport. However, things have gone awry the last decade.
Lincoln Riley coached at Oklahoma for the past five seasons, where he amassed an impressive 55-10 record. He helped get the Sooners to the college football playoff in four of his five years there. However, it appears that was set to end this season.
Oklahoma lost to in-state rival Oklahoma State Saturday, 37-33. The Sooners led 33-24 entering the 4th quarter before the Cowboys took over the game. Both teams entered the game 10-1 with hopes of a college football playoff berth.
After the loss, the Sooners are assured they will miss out on a chance at a National Championship. Riley apparently recognizes the opportunity out west. The Pac-12 is a conference that is ripe for the picking. Oregon is consistently good, but rarely great. Utah is strong every so often.
Riley is considered a good recruiter and with the USC Trojans at his back, recruiting on the west coast should be easy. The question remains, can he return this program to its former glory.