By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The USC Trojans have officially hired Lincoln Riley as the school’s new head football coach. This is a surprise hire by the Trojans.
Riley had completed the season with the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday night. The Sooners have named Bob Stoops as the school’s interim head coach for the final game of the season.
The 38-year-old is one of the best young coaches in the country.
“We are ecstatic to announce Lincoln Riley as our new head coach and welcome his wife Caitlin and their daughters Sloan and Stella to the Trojan Family,” Athletic Director Mike Bohn said. “Lincoln is the rarest combination of an extraordinary person and elite football coach. His successes and offensive accolades as a head coach over the past five years are astonishing. Lincoln will recruit relentlessly, develop his players on and off the field, and implement a strong culture in which the program will operate with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.
“Lincoln is universally considered one of the brightest and most talented football coaches in the nation, and the fact that he chose USC is a testament to the strength of our brand, the power of the Trojan Family, and the leadership of our university. This is for our current players, our former players, our alumni, our fans, and our entire university community. Our time is now.”
Riley replaces Clay Helton, who was fired after two games in September. Donte Williams had been leading the team on an interim basis.
Williams will continue to lead the game for its final contest of the season on Saturday against the California Bears. Following the game, Riley and his new staff will take over the program.
“I am truly excited to come to USC and join the Trojan Family as its new head football coach,” Riley said. “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 dynamically 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.”
As the Sooners head coach, he was 55-10 as a head coach.
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