With hiring of Lincoln Riley, expectations for USC have skyrocketed

Southern California head coach Lincoln Riley gestures during an NCAA college football practice Thursday, March 24, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


So what will be the Lincoln Riley effect at USC? 

The hiring of Riley away from Oklahoma sent shockwaves around college football. The Trojans, one of the traditional powerhouses in the sport, had fallen on hard times with last year’s embarrassing 4-8 campaign. USC lost to both Utah and BYU at home in 2021.

The USC administration seems to have hit a home run by luring Riley, who led the Sooners to three College Football Playoff appearances, from Norman to Los Angeles.

Suddenly, expectations are high. Can the Trojans compete for a Pac-12 title right away? 

Riley is doing nothing to tamp down those expectations.

“I’m not going to take any goal off the table,” Riley said. “I said it Day 1. That’s not why we came here, so we expect to compete for and win championships every single year.

“I’ll save you that question for the next 10-15 years. That’s going to be the same answer. That’s just who we are as a staff. That’s what we believe in and frankly, that’s what this program should be about. This is USC. The expectation here should be to win championships every single year.”

The Trojans have immersed themselves in the transfer portal and hauled in impressive results — Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams; Oklahoma wide receiver Mario Williams; Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison, the 2021 Biletnikoff winner, emblematic of the country’s top wideout; and Oregon running back Travis Dye, to name …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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