Lincoln Riley's reported Oklahoma departure shocks college football world

Riley decided to take the USC job after Oklahoma lost to Oklahoma State on Saturday, 根据多份报告. While fans were mostly stunned by the reaction, some wondered why Riley would take the USC job with the Sooners about to move to the SEC in a few years.

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The SEC will have at least 16 schools at the start of the summer of 2025. Oklahoma and Texas announced intentions to move to the conference earlier this year.

Riley hasn’t officially been announced as the USC coach. The Trojans launched a national search after Clay Helton was dismissed earlier in the season.

Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners congratulates cornerback Woodi Washington after a fumble return for a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones on Nov. 20, 2021, in Norman, 俄克拉荷马州.

Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners congratulates cornerback Woodi Washington after a fumble return for a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones on Nov. 20, 2021, in Norman, 俄克拉荷马州. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

体育画报 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.

LINCOLN RILEY TO BOLT OKLAHOMA FOR USC: 报导

Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley reacts after his Sooners scored a touchdown against the Baylor Bears on Nov. 13, 2021, 在韦科, 德州.

Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley reacts after his Sooners scored a touchdown against the Baylor Bears on Nov. 13, 2021, 在韦科, 德州. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

USC found a big name to replace Clay Helton, who was let go early in the 2021 季节. The Trojans had been linked to 匹兹堡钢人队 coach Mike Tomlin, but he would later shoot down any notion he was planning on leaving the NFL.

Riley had previously been linked to NFL jobs and other college football positions. He shot down a rumor on Saturday that he was interested in the LSU job. He said he wasnot going to be the next coach at LSU.He was right at the time, but didn’t divulge any plans about going to Los Angeles.

Lincoln Riley gestures to his team on a play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium on Nov. 27, 2021.

Lincoln Riley gestures to his team on a play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium on Nov. 27, 2021. (Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports)

Riley took over as Oklahoma’s head coach before the 2017 季节. 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.

他是 55-10 as a head coach and won four Big 12 锦标赛.

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