Lincoln Riley to bolt Oklahoma for USC: reports

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Lincoln Riley is reportedly finished at Oklahoma and it appears USC has hooked a whale.

The Sooners head football coach is leaving the school to take the USC job, according to multiple reports. Sports Illustrated reported USC was targeting Riley as their next coach and an announcement would come within the next 24 hours and The Athletic reported the deal was done.

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley reacts after his Sooners scored a touchdown against the Baylor Bears on Nov. 13, 2021, in Waco, Texas.
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Lincoln Riley congratulates cornerback Woodi Washington after a fumble return for a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones on Nov. 20, 2021, in Norman, Oklahoma.
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Riley took over as Oklahoma’s head coach before the 2017 season. He led the Sooners to three College Football Playoff appearances but never managed to win a game in the tournament. His teams saw the emergence of two Heisman Trophy winners – Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Both players were No. 1 draft picks as well.

He was 55-10 as a head coach and won four Big 12 championships.

Oklahoma lost to Oklahoma State on Saturday. The team’s playoff hopes were dashed earlier this month when the team lost to Baylor.

Lincoln Riley talks to his players before taking on the Kansas Jayhawks on Oct. 23, 2021, in Lawrence, Kansas.
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USC is 4-7 this year and could miss a bowl game for the second consecutive season. The school hasn’t won a bowl game since the 2016 season.

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