USC Football: Lincoln Riley Leaving Oklahoma To Become Trojans Head Coach

LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 1, 2007: USC Trojan Football Fans Celebrate after a touch down durring the annual USC vs. UCLA Football Game on November 1, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

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The USC football program is making some major news.

On Sunday, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported that Lincoln Riley is leaving the Oklahoma Sooners to become the next head coach of the Trojans. The 38-year-old Riley went 55-10 during his five seasons in Norman.

With Riley leaving the Sooners, legendary head coach Bob Stoops will coach Oklahoma for its bowl game.

“For Riley, it was the appeal of Los Angeles; the local recruiting talent; and the opportunity of trying to rebuild a brand. That was all very enticing to him,” the report said. “He was also impressed with the alignment of the administration.”

Riley was also a rumored target of the LSU Tigers.

While Riley had success at Oklahoma — including the development of Heisman Trophy winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray — the Sooners were 0-4 in College Football Playoff appearances.

Before becoming the head coach at Oklahoma in 2017, Riley served as the offensive coordinator under Stoops since 2015. Now, the Sooners will be moving on to a new era as they search for a new head coach to prepare for their eventual move to the SEC.

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