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USC Reportedly Lands Sooners’ Lincoln Riley as Next Football Coach
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – USC is reportedly finalizing a deal with Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley to become the Trojans’ next coach, it was reported today.
USC Sports Information Director Tim Tessalone would not confirm the Los Angeles Times report, which cited a source with knowledge of the search not authorized to speak publicly.
“We haven’t announced anything yet,” Tessalone told City News Service on Sunday.
The Trojans later canceled a scheduled Zoom media briefing with interim head coach Donte Williams that had been set for 4 p.m.
The Times said Riley had agreed to terms to become the school’s 30th head football coach.
The Trojans, mired in a disappointing 4-7 season, have been searching for their next head coach since Athletic Director Mike Bohn fired Clay Helton on Sept. 13.
Riley would be a surprise hire. Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell, Baylor’s Dave Aranda, Penn State’s James Franklin and Iowa State’s Matt Campbell were the names most often linked to the Trojans job in media speculation over the last couple months.
But Riley would bring impressive credentials and a prominent national reputation to Los Angeles. He is 55-10 as Oklahoma’s head coach, with three College Football Playoff appearances and four Big 12 championships in his four full seasons at Norman. The Sooners are 10-2 this season.
Riley also presided over two Heisman Trophy winners at Oklahoma, with quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray winning the prestigious award in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Prior to taking the Sooners head coaching job in June 2017, Riley was an assistant coach at Texas Tech, East Carolina and Oklahoma.
He is 38 years old.
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