USC’s the Ideal Spot for Lincoln Riley

Lincoln Riley starts USC rebuilding with statement on local recruits

Dylan Hernandez (LA Times)  —  He wasn’t the same country bumpkin who was introduced as USC’s new head coach three weeks earlier. By the time Lincoln Riley addressed reporters again Friday at Heritage Hall, the wide-eyed tourist had morphed into a calm sage.

Clay Helton never looked this comfortable in his six-plus seasons as the Trojans’ leader.

Riley wasn’t loud. He wasn’t animated.

He didn’t have to be.

He was a coach with a clear idea of where he was headed and what he had to do to get there.

“We know what a championship program looks like,” Riley said.

The measured delivery of his words projected a confidence that he could do here what he did at Oklahoma, if not more.

“We’ll get the pieces,” he said matter-of-factly.

Riley’s plan already was starting to take shape, as the Trojans signed the consensus No. 1 player in the state, Santa Ana Mater Dei cornerback Domani Jackson.

“We’re going to sign players from all over, but the majority of players we are going to sign are certainly going to be from this part of the country,” Riley said.

Reflecting on his experiences recruiting in Southern California in his previous job as Oklahoma’s coach, Riley explained why he believed USC is positioned to dominate the local recruiting landscape.

“I always remember a sense not just in this state but this part of the country that when ‘SC was good, they were going to be tough to beat,” Riley said. “And when ‘SC wasn’t good, you maybe had a chance to sign kids that deep down really wanted to go to ‘SC and maybe the program just wasn’t where it needed to be or where they felt like it was good enough to go.

#3 Domani Jackson of Mater Dei is headed to USC instead of Alabama. (Jerome Miron / Jerome Miron)

“I still feel that deep down the majority of players around here, they want to play at USC.”

To Riley’s point: In the wake of his hiring, USC gained oral commitments from two of the region’s best players in the 2023 class in quarterback Malachi Nelson and receiver Makai Lemon of Los Alamitos.

Counting Jackson, the Trojans landed only seven players in the early signing period, but Riley said that was by design.

“There’s been a lot of interest in people wanting to come here,” Riley said. “It’s tempting to want to come up here today and have 20 names on this list. But we know in the end that’s not how you build a championship roster. It’s about getting the right names. The numbers will come.

“We did not want to go off on a lot of wild chases on guys that were unlikely to come here in such a short time period. Most importantly, we didn’t want to go off hunting guys just trying to add guys on signing day that we didn’t know and that did not know us. You just take that risk of, ‘Am I bringing the wrong piece in the room?’ Right now, obviously, you’ve got to go get the right pieces, but you’ve got to avoid bringing in the wrong pieces too.”

No panic moves here.

Riley didn’t sugarcoat the abilities of the players he inherited from Helton, saying a significant number of them would be replaced.

“We may overhaul 35, if not even more, spots on this roster,” he said. “That’s a huge overhaul when you figure a travel college roster is 70.”

As he said, the numbers will come.

They will come via the transfer portal. They will come via the late signing period.

As he explained how he would rebuild a four-win team, Riley was relaxed enough to make a pitch to the potential recruits watching a live stream of the news conference.

“What a phenomenal resource that we have right at our fingertips here with the power of this university and the power of this city,” he said. “The possibilities for NIL for all of our student-athletes here are endless.”

What he didn’t say was that he also now had the benefit of competing in a conference in transition. The Pac-12’s two other traditional powers, Oregon and Washington, also hired new coaches in the last month.

In a couple of years, the Trojans will have a clear path to the College Football Playoff.

“I like what we have,” Riley said. “I think it’s a good starting point. Now, it is a starting point. We’ve got a lot to build, but I’m confident we’ll do that.”

And why shouldn’t he be?

He built a winner at Oklahoma. He walked into an ideal situation at USC. Nothing has gone wrong — yet.

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Steveg
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December 21, 2021 2:30 pm

Has anyone else been watching the coaching staff grow at Georgia Southern. Clay the CAT is doing the same thing there he did here, hiring guys nobody else wants and grad assistants to be coaches. If any of these people think Clay is going to do something to better their careers they are so sadly mistaken. It really seems to me that the CAT has run out of lives and will sadly sink soon with his staff going with him, again.

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December 21, 2021 3:05 pm
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I just went and looked at his staff, it’s better than I would have thought. I would have expected him pulling from FCS level for sure. I’m not sure why guys would leave similar spots at other schools to go there, like the OLine coach from UAB. Harris got a promotion from his spot at UW, and also didn’t have a job with new coach there, but still a reputable guy. same with Ellis, not anything great on resume, but WKU broke records this year. maybe he does OK there, but he certainly didn’t here. I don’t really care if… Read more »

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December 21, 2021 4:17 pm
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Is Harrell officially gone?

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December 21, 2021 6:56 pm
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Ha, for the amount of money left in his contract maybe he will clean toilets.
Question was, is he officially gone? I think we all want that to happen.

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December 22, 2021 2:38 am
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It will be updated as of January, contracts are calendar.

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December 22, 2021 2:36 am
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Steveg,
The amount outstanding per his contract is $1.3m

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December 21, 2021 10:39 am
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Allen it was a deterioration of the program that even CH could no longer cover over. After thinking about it, it wouldn’t surprise me if CH went to Bohn after the Stanford game saying I can’t hold this together any more which is what Bohn was no doubt waiting for to happen and quickly made his move. The slow but continual slide affected by CH’s lack of ability lasted 5-years to where winning games today is now a struggle. But fortunately as some have claimed, was how long it took to clean up the untold mess the Nikias administration created.… Read more »

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December 21, 2021 11:00 am
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Jamaica,
None of us know what happened. All that matters is SC has been fixed. It is going to take time and a ton of money, but it is obvious to all NOW just how over matched Clay was for the job. This reality makes Swann look like a complete fool. He gave a total incompetent a high priced extension. The answer to this is NEVER negotiate with Jimmy Sexton unless you are willing to have your coach leave and clearly know what you are talking about.

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December 21, 2021 12:31 pm
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Renewing CH as HC and with a hefty pay increase, you have to wonder if Swann was ordered to do so. I mean, even a political wannabe but still a knowledgeable former star player would not throw caution into the wind agreeing to keep a clueless HC? He had to get approval from higher ups to close this unfathomable deal? And yet, he could have had enough self pride and respect to say “no I won’t do this” and be prepared to resign.

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December 21, 2021 11:12 am
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Allen, I think you can add that this team was so bad that it might have ended the careers of several coaches. So far, the only coaches off that staff that have a job (when there are a ton of jobs open given all the change) are Clay (at GA Southern), Donte (due solely to his ability as a recruiter), Keary Colbert (at UF as WR coach), and the McGuire (who returned to WSU). The OC, the DC, and the DL coach are all still looking. My guess is all the GAs are also looking. GH is going to have… Read more »

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December 21, 2021 12:53 pm
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According to what I’ve been able to find, Harrell has one more year on his extended contract given in Dec 19 for 3 years.

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December 21, 2021 3:54 pm
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Brandon Sosna gave a very in-depth hour plus interview/discussion last night on Tunnel Vision 24/7 free to all. glimpse into the Athletic dept and mindset of those now steering the direction of USC Sports.

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December 21, 2021 5:44 am

I was somewhat flabbergasted when first seeing this article, but after reading it shows the quality of character of the coaches Coach Riley chose to bring with him.

https://soonerswire.usatoday.com/2021/12/19/oklahoma-sooners-football-dashaun-white-reggie-grimes-kennedy-brooks-marvin-mims-bob-stoops-brent-venables-oregon-ducks-valero-alamo-bowl-calvin-thibodeaux-brian-odom-jamar-cain/

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December 21, 2021 7:05 am
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That is a great sign of the integrity and character of Riley, and the people he associates with. Not that they are all angels, but he tries to surround himself with the best people available, not settling and trying to fill a open position. He assesses the whole person, and I would assume he would do that with the players he recruits.

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December 20, 2021 5:20 pm

Henley chose WSU.

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December 20, 2021 7:49 pm
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I would think that transfers like Henley can’t roll the dice. They have to know they are starting, he has year left. It would be interesting to hear what is said to these transfers.

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December 20, 2021 9:08 pm
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The reasons could be academic fit or social fit. He might want to stay out of LA. He is a one and done, so he choose what was his best fit. Amazing isn’t it? A kid from a lower tier program is better than any starting LB at SC. To be honest, it shows maturity. One thing I can say. LR is a perfect fit for SC. It is amazing how well he fits this job. The was an out of this world hire.

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December 21, 2021 5:14 am
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Allen, this post is spot on, in fact it gave some chuckles.
I have to say, after reading your mentioning Riley’s ability to pivot and make corrections, Helton has a similar ability. Soon as he wears his welcome out, he pivots to find another Sucker…you see he’s more politician than coach.
He has them eating out of his hand at GSU.

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December 21, 2021 6:10 am
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I wholeheartedly agree, but long term, I don’t see Helton succeeding at Georgia So. Initially, a few players may flock to him, but over time he will be exposed as a horrible coach. Removing his stench will be very therapeutic.

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December 21, 2021 6:56 am
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I sure hope it doesn’t take GA So as long as it took USC to realize what a complete turd Helton is as a coach. I hate to see another group of young men wasted under his coaching. On a different note, it sure seems USC has opened the cash till for the staff. That has been another pleasant surprise.

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December 21, 2021 10:51 am
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LR doesn’t have to settle for 2nd best. Thankfully he has the administrative support to swing for the fences and either make it right or be patient until the right time comes. This is a beautiful turnaround for the fanbase to behold!

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December 20, 2021 5:54 pm
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I think we will see some players make bad decisions and not come to USC mainly because of the amount of time our recruiters have not had to make good contact and influence them. No need for concern, in Riley we trust.

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December 20, 2021 8:10 pm
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Now with a full staff these guys are done kicking the tires and it is time to hit the road and get some recruiting done. We have new guys that have connections all over the nation.

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December 21, 2021 5:17 am
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Isn’t there a recruiting dead period coming up?

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December 21, 2021 6:19 pm
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Yep, pretty easy choice for him.

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December 20, 2021 4:41 pm
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What happened in the 2017 Rose Bowl will always be the absolute most exciting on the edge of your seat game I have ever watched. Thanks Sam.

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December 20, 2021 10:54 pm
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You know, that is one thing positive I can say about the Clay Helton era, and that was the occasional late-game heroics when the players just said, “no, I am not going to let all this buffoonery keep me from winning this game.” And some wins were had after, by the fourth quarter, we had no business winning. Those games were a joy! Too bad they had to be balanced out by losing so many games we should have easily won. But we move on!

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December 21, 2021 7:00 am
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When it comes to the term “move on”, I always picture in my mind a person turning around and walking away. Not so at USC. I now picture someone getting into a Ferarri and hauling ass away. How refreshing.

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December 20, 2021 4:21 pm
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Quite a resume. He even looks like a lineman. Again, Riley shows he knows what he is doing. This is so different from the Helton regime. Still pulling for the return of our special teams coach.

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December 20, 2021 12:02 pm
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How about adding Notre Dame Fans over Brian Kelly? He bolted a team ranked #5, just missed the playoffs. I’d wanna burn more than mattresses if I was a Domer fan.

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December 20, 2021 9:59 am

Seems the PAC-12 conference wants to create a Council of former star athletes to recommend ways in promoting its football conference. There must be either a developing inferiority complex or a publicity ploy behind this, or both. It would be fitting if this Council simply suggested: you have to invest the money in developing a football program to make it work well enough to get an expected return in money from fan & business support. But I don’t think a good number of the Universities want to hear this. Better idea still, suggest USC, UCLA, Oregon & Washington leave the… Read more »

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December 20, 2021 11:17 am
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Jamaica, most of the time we agree. This time we do not. SC being in a weak conference is exactly what we want. We do not need to schedule out of conference patsies. Our conference is full of them! Being able to dominant will give SC yearly access to the CFP, which is exactly what we are seeking. And, I do not see UCLA being able to compete with SC in football. They simply lack the funding and legacy to do so. I doubt Lincoln Riley goes under .500 for Years 1, 2 and 3 and in Year 4 goes… Read more »

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December 20, 2021 12:24 pm
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Correct me if I am wrong. The reason Alabama and now Georgia stay competitive year after year is because they are pushed to being in the tough SEC. That attracts the best recruits. There are few gimmies in that conference. Playing a bunch of patsies might get you easy conference championships alright but will it prepare you being battle tested playing other playoff teams who had to really tough it out to get there? I don’t believe you or I have ever seen this football conference so pitiful as it is today. That’s all I’m talking about here.

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December 20, 2021 3:21 pm
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In the glamorous picture of the CFB power houses, the SEC looks the strongest, when looking a little closer, there’s a different picture. First you have to keep in mind they get to schedule 4 OOC games when looking at several in the standings at 6-7-8 wins teams you can see they almost always win those games so, of an 8 win season 4 were cup cakes, and this is done by all the SC teams. The majority of SEC teams are not elite or powerhouses. When reviewing the conference wins, you have a completely different picture. There generally 4… Read more »

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December 20, 2021 11:41 am
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If university presidents care about women’s sports and Olympic sports then they will want to invest in football. The more profit football makes the more money can go to nonrevenue sports. Nick Saban at $10 million/yr generates $45 million/yr. That means paying top dollar for head coaches. As we are seeing, top coaches bring in top players and that will brings wins. Winning will bring NIL which will bring even better talent. USC can do that in LA, Washington can do that in Seattle and Oregon can do that with Nike. I don’t thing UCLA has the mind set to… Read more »

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December 20, 2021 11:26 am
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The recruiting rankings seem too skewed to the number of commits over the quality. I haven’t done the math but signing 20 3 star guys probably rates as a better class than 10 4 and 5 star guys. SDSU ranks 65 signing 14 3 star guys, USC ranks 70 with 2 each 5,4,3 star guys.

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December 20, 2021 8:25 am

Riley sure is putting together a good staff. Also, he must have some pretty good purse strings to pull. Glad to see Bohn convinced the administration that this was needed.

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December 20, 2021 8:54 am
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Yes, to a degree you are correct, that of USC capturing Lincoln Riley. He is going to be a success, I predict, even more grand than Pete’s run at SC.
Riley, as you say, is on a mission with a vision and a plan to achieve it. Riley’s mission is to prove himself…To himself.
We, all Alums and fans just get to go along for the ride.

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December 20, 2021 9:02 am
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Addendum:
Don’t think for a moment that Riley’s choice, that of leaving OU for USC didn’t rattle and infuriate Stoops, the School that Gave Stoops one the most humiliating defeats in OU football history….all the smiles and pleasant words on the surface by Stoops only hide a real animosity between the two.

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December 20, 2021 9:32 am
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Perhaps you don’t, but its there!

So you state and obviously feel Riley ‘COLDLY DESERTED’ is that so?

Stoops…deserving anthing? It was the only viable option OU had going into a bowl game to maintain some continuity on the team hoping for a win.

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December 20, 2021 11:26 am
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Allen, Remember our debate. I predicted Folt would win her battle to turn SC football into Vandy football. And, she did. You predicted that if she won the battle, she would lose the war. Turns out, you were absolutely correct. Clay had destroyed SC football. Imagine a competent coach saying that he has to replace basically a 3 deep on O and D. Thank God for the transfer portal. SC football is in far worse shape now than when PC took over. I really think the team will be competitive in Year 2. I just do not see how it… Read more »

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December 20, 2021 8:44 am
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I feel the Folt war and disassociation with Alum Clubs and fan push back (Air plane and Banner) along with diminishing revenue in all sports piqued the attention of the brighter bulbs at the High Table, those with true business acumen and wealth accumulation which was over the heads of the typical Academic types mutual admiration society. I also believe Bohn and Sosna sidestepped Folt and took their case to Caruso and explained how the CFB paradigm has changed by showing Caruso how the big football schools are making such huge amounts of money and if played correctly, would exponentially… Read more »

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December 20, 2021 11:11 am
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Alfa, Allen and I debated this issue. Turns out, we both got it right. I said that Folt wanted to turn SC football into Vandy football. Her conduct for her first two years were totally consistent with my read of her intentions. And, she won that battle. By keeping Clay Helton, she succeeded in turning SC football into Vandy football. But Allen also got it right. He said, she will win the battle but she will lose the war. And, she did. Turning SC football into Vandy football had to be a major disaster financially (my guess is it was… Read more »

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December 20, 2021 11:59 am
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Alfa, Allen and TrojanRJJ, you guys are amazing. How is it you can read Carol Folts mind? You know that she came to USC to destroy football? All I see she has done is taking 2 years to clean house not just the Athletic Department but the whole university. I don’t know much about the Regional Alum Clubs but I would bet there was a lot of cleaning up to do there as well. USC football and the whole university is better off than 3 years ago. She had to have something to do with that. Oh well she seems… Read more »

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December 20, 2021 1:17 pm
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So in the end we can all say that Trojan football will succeed in spite of Carol Folt. When tradition runs so deep one person is not going to destroy it, maybe hamper it, but in the end she is not the one big enough to destroy it

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December 20, 2021 3:03 pm
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Easy big guy, I directed my comment not just to you but also Alfa and TrojanRJJ. You voice frustration that it took 2 years of pain to get LR. Others think she has an agenda to destroy USC traditions. My point is when some of us act like they know what she is thinking. I have no idea what she is thinking or if she is great at her job or not. I’m just cutting her some slack is all. Caruso hired her to fix a big mess. I’m sure she stepped on some toes in the process. Those things… Read more »

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December 20, 2021 5:21 pm
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Allen, sorry if I came off too flippant. I had no intention to misrepresent or offend. I am sorry for that and apologize. I will try to do better in the future. I have respect and appreciation for what you and John do here. You keep the nastiness well policed. It is a joy to come here and talk USC football. The last thing I want to do is personally insult you, John or anyone else here. Again, I apologize.

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December 20, 2021 6:50 pm
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Love your last sentence, Allen.

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December 20, 2021 4:24 pm
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foltie, or Little Mao, as I think of her; is a cancer on the Tradition of USC. I pray she leaves us every day.

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December 20, 2021 7:08 am

On the Monday before Christmas the sports page wasn’t as good as the comics. Covid has shuttered the Trojans basketball team for what looks to be two weeks and the Bruins are happy just to be in a bowl game in eight days. I found myself drifting towards an article about Tiger Woods and his son. All I could think about was a quarterback named Todd and his father. I hope that Tiger isn’t a Marv. One thing that keeps popping out is the number of players being asked to move on. It reminded me of a story grandpa (who… Read more »

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December 19, 2021 9:46 pm
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I don’t understand this rumor, if true, at all. It makes no sense unless either Jones got cold feet for this gig or, Riley found out he could get Josh Henson from an SEC school and made the switch?

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December 19, 2021 10:20 pm
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Still think we are light years ahead of where we were with Helton, but 2 coaches backing out on the offensive side is not a good look.

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December 20, 2021 6:30 am
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There could be other reasons the Jones hire didn’t happen. We now know the Bedenbaugh hire collapsed because of Bedenbaugh’s loyalty to Stoops who hired him originally and was further complicated by his wife being a native of Oklahoma with two young children who didn’t want to relocate. Jones has worked and played with Klingsbury, Riley and Harrell, so he has a real grasp on what they do, no doubt Holgorsen convinced him they have something good going at University of Houston (and a bump in pay) which they do, with a move to the BIG12 coming up, couple that… Read more »

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December 20, 2021 7:11 am
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Up on Scoop also.

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December 20, 2021 7:12 am
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I believe it’s a done deal this time !

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December 20, 2021 7:17 am
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Hasn’t been made clear yet if he is going to hang around for the ATM bowl game on the 31st or coming in now.

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December 20, 2021 7:24 am
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That is a good hire, he will have some Texas and other south east connections for recruiting. I do believe Riley is qualifying his staff on how well they recruit as well as coach. Wow, what a change in the program that will make.

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December 20, 2021 8:10 am
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You’re correct Steve..
I remember watching an interview with Kirby Smart a while back, he mentioned that his assistants, besides being very good as position coaches,
“If they weren’t good recruiters” he didn’t want them”
I believe Riley is of the same mind set.

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December 19, 2021 5:48 pm
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He should be a big improvement over the present Qb. I believe their Qb play is a big reason they flopped this season.

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December 19, 2021 3:36 pm
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Hope we aren’t slipping into the CAT pattern of “USC has never met a wide-out that it didn’t want” at the expense of our O-line and D-line players…. I’m just saying. 🤔

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December 19, 2021 4:22 pm
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I am with you 100%. But we are so used to our team being run so poorly, it’s the knee jerk reaction.

I hope we get the tackle from Virginia. I think he could plug right in on either side. Voorhies has one spot locked in, I would assume.

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December 19, 2021 5:05 pm
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I agree. I’m also pretty hopeful for this coming year. Utah State and Mich St are two teams who used portal exceptionally to rebuild teams quickly. I think Riley will certainly get us winning again. As I said once before, I think 9 or 10 wins is possible. I think the floor is 8 wins.

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December 19, 2021 5:09 pm
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I don’t know what I did there?

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December 19, 2021 5:11 pm
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Looks like you found a new talent Chris.

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December 20, 2021 7:03 am
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So you’re going to hold Riley to a higher standard than Pete’s first season ?

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December 19, 2021 5:10 pm
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I see the big problem is that it seems a LOT more teams are working the portal now and there just are not that many O linemen much better than what we already have. Not sure what LR is looking for but I will let him be the judge.

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December 19, 2021 6:18 pm
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this is fun stuff. Here we are genuinely talking hope for football after the worst season I can remember.

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December 20, 2021 6:28 am
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I’m good with saying I hope you are right, Allen. We all have Cat-induced PTSD from the last few years of being fans of Trojan Football.

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December 19, 2021 1:32 pm
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The broken clock is…….🕓

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December 19, 2021 2:08 pm
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Just like football, recruiting is lifeblood of success. Enfield is a great recruiter and deserves extension. Glad Bohn locked him up.

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December 19, 2021 12:23 pm
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It would be amazing if he did come back. Funny he has no bowl game to worry about or opt out of yet he still has not announced his going into the draft yet. I hold out hope.

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December 19, 2021 12:45 pm
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He was up and down this year. Made some plays and then would go silent for long stretches. I also hated seeing him way down field covering backs or tight ends while TO blitzed a DB. It never worked.

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December 19, 2021 2:00 pm
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His blitzes were so well telegraphed and repetitive teams knew right where to go with the ball, into the vacated area where the blitz came from.

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December 19, 2021 11:43 am
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I always ask myself and rarely get an answer, is anyone actually sick or did they just get a positive test? These lock downs and lock outs are getting ridiculous considering the new variants are getting less and less virulent though more contagious. After a little over 2 years the Spanish Flu became a standard flu. That’s what viruses do over time get less deadly but more contagious. Viruses are designed to spread and can’t do that if they kill the host. Let’s get on with our lives already! This team is on a roll, don’t stop them now!

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December 19, 2021 11:49 am
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Amen GT. This panic porn needs to stop. It’s a virus, it won’t just go away. Learn to live with it, and move on. Too many people willing to cede all of the freedoms, just so they can feel ” safe”.
But certain politicians just can let go of the power.

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December 18, 2021 8:36 pm

Can not recall the sports fan in me being in this GOOD of a mood in quite a while …….#1 USC hires Lincoln Riley …….# 2 My baseball team announced today they hired Buck Showalter and oh yea my NFL Team is the Indianapolis Colts (and some Running Back from Wisconsin ) …..But deepest in my Heart ????? ….I will simply say …….FIGHT ON !!!!!

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December 18, 2021 9:58 pm
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Sorry Hof, the Muts just like the Padres, Chargers and Clippers, they will just break your heart. But hey, you can dream of better days. Wish you and the Mets all the best.

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December 18, 2021 8:00 pm
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This looks nothing like the OSU team that dominated USC. What gives? Are they just not into their bowl game? Was USC that bad? Is the MW that much better than the Pac12? Mind blowing for sure.

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December 19, 2021 7:52 am

USC was mind blowing bad.

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December 19, 2021 1:35 pm
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I clearly remember the moment I heard The Cat was fired. I was sitting at a breakfast table in a condo in Waikiki. Oh the joy! It’ll probably live on in my mind like Sept 11, man on the moon, etc.

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December 18, 2021 10:02 pm
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Like so many bowl games, one team has a chip with something to prove and another just showing up for the fun.

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December 19, 2021 12:07 pm
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You can look at it that way. I shake my head seeing another PAC-12 team losing to a MWC team or worse. Or seeing a 2nd place PAC-12 team lose to a 4th place Big 12 or Big 10 team. This is becoming a consistently annual happening. I’d be damn embarrassed if I was the PAC-12 commissioner. Or that’s right, he’s only about the money too.

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December 18, 2021 6:32 pm

I don’t think Steele was all that bad. ITS was really bad, Pola Mao was too. I have no idea how Steele will do, but he is physical and can run. I don’t think he would be leaving if his NFL eval was poor.

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December 18, 2021 6:35 pm
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I will be surprised if he is drafted. I believe he was more afraid of not starting in his senior year.

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December 18, 2021 6:43 pm
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That’s a pretty tough standard. Win PAC 12 DPOY. We get a Hufanga about once every 5-10 years.

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December 18, 2021 7:11 pm
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Agreed

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December 18, 2021 6:02 pm

If Riley lost his RB coach, I consider that a loss, but in the end all things turn out for the best and we have one of the best head coaches in the nation. I love this guy’s need for speed at all positions. That says championship to me.

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December 18, 2021 5:19 pm

Steele is a knucklehead, with an inflated opinion of his play. Seriously doubt he gets drafted before the 5-6th round. We might be better off without him.
Let the purge continue.

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December 18, 2021 6:05 pm
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I always looked at Steele as “Grabby 2”. Played to his potential but did not exceed expectations just like Grabby did.

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December 18, 2021 6:32 pm
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Just another grabby player who continually got beat.