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Lincoln Riley Reveals When He First Spoke With USC

A closeup of Lincoln Riley wearing an Oklahoma Sooners visor and a headset.

A closeup of Lincoln Riley wearing an Oklahoma Sooners visor and a headset.

Lincoln Riley has admitted when he first talked to USC about its head coaching opening and it looks like it all came together pretty quickly.

He went onto SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt on Monday evening and confirmed that he first spoke with the school on Sunday morning.

“Very early Sunday morning,” Riley said. “USC engaged with some interest and wanted to have a conversation and honestly Scott, that’s the first conversation at any point in my time at Oklahoma that I’d ever had with another football team.”

It’s a move that shocked the college football world, especially after Riley denied interest in the LSU job on Saturday night.

Riley will finish his tenure at Oklahoma with a 55-10 record as he also never had a season where the school won less than nine games.

He also

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USC coach Clay Helton must go after loss to Stanford

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - SEP 11, 2021. USC head coach Clay Helton watches from the sideline.

USC head coach Clay Helton watches from the sideline in the closing minutes of the Trojans’ 42-28 loss to Stanford at the Coliseum on Saturday night. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

They’ve done everything but the one thing that has to be done to fix USC football. They’ve swapped out nearly every assistant coach, bolstered the recruiting staff and hired away young people who create impressive videos that are meant to make something that isn’t very cool right now look way cooler on social media.

The natural pop culture reference is that USC athletic director Mike Bohn has spent much of his short tenure rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, but, days before the Trojans’ latest inexplicable embarrassment — a 42-28 loss to Stanford on Saturday night at the Coliseum — another apt Hollywood comparison for the Clay Helton era at USC casually surfaced.

At a USC practice

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College football signing day headliners include Alabama, USC, Oklahoma

Want to win the national championship? Scratch that: Want to compete for the national championship? Then you’d better win on national signing day.

Decades of data and feedback — the wall-to-wall, yearlong coverage of recruiting began in earnest in the early 2000s — has established the obvious connection between recruiting success and on-field success. Those who win on the two signing days in December and February also win big in January.

And those who win big in the postseason then continue to own the recruiting trail, creating an almost unbreakable cycle of dominance.

As of early Wednesday afternoon, the nation’s best signing class belonged to defending national champion Alabama, according to the team rankings compiled by 247Sports.com. Following was Ohio State, which lost to the Crimson Tide last month in Miami. Georgia, LSU and Clemson rounded out the top five.

Combined, these national powers have gone 171-24 across the past

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