Lincoln Riley is now a former Oklahoma football coach, after news that he would be leaving the Sooners to accept the head coaching job with the USC Trojans.
After the news began making the rounds on social media, Riley issued a statement on the stunning move.
Riley expressed his excitement to join the Trojans football family while thanking the Oklahoma program for the past five years.
We got our guy.
— USC Football (@USC_FB) November 29, 2021
“I am truly excited to come to USC and join the Trojan Family as its new head football coach,” Riley said in a statement. “USC has an unparalleled football tradition with tremendous resources and facilities, and the administration has made a deep commitment to winning. I look forward to honoring that successful tradition and building on it. The pieces are in place for us to build the program back to where it should be and the fans expect it to be. We will work hard to develop a physical football team that is dominant on both lines of scrimmage, and has a dynamic balanced offense and a stout aggressive defense.
“I want to thank the administration, coaches and players at Oklahoma for five incredible years as their head coach. We accomplished some great things there and I will always cherish my time as a Sooner.”
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.