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After five seasons as the Oklahoma Sooners football coach, Lincoln Riley will leave to take the will to be the head football coach at USC, according to multiple reports.
Riley will replace Clay Helton for the Trojans, who was fired two games into this season.
What sports media has to say about Lincoln Riley leaving OU for USC
Many seems to think the move is a good one for USC and for Riley. Colin Cowherd tweeted that "Lincoln Riley to USC is a grand slam." Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN called the hiring a "statement" by USC. Peter Burns of ESPN said the move could "change college football."
— The Volume (@TheVolumeSports) November 28, 2021
CONGRATULATIONS to @uscfootball on hiring LINCOLN RILEY!!!
Mike Bohn with a STATEMENT out west.
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 28, 2021
Lincoln Riley leaving Oklahoma is a clear indication that he believes that Oklahoma cannot win at the highest levels of the SEC.
Put simply, I don't believe he makes this move if OU stays in the Big 12
Talk about an ALL-TIME miscalculation by a school and program
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) November 28, 2021
Lincoln Riley to LSU would have changed the SEC
Lincoln Riley to USC would change college football
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) November 28, 2021
It makes sense for Lincoln Riley. Go out to SoCal, recruit your butt off, live in LA, join a winnable conference and stay out of the SEC. Oh, and get paaaaid. Makes a lot of sense to me.
— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) November 28, 2021
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) November 28, 2021
What does Lincoln Riley leaving OU mean for the Sooners.
Following a close loss to the Cowboys on Saturday, the Sooners Sooners fans brought jokes to Twitter instantaneously when Riley announced his departure.
Oklahoma playing an SEC schedule without Lincoln Riley pic.twitter.com/8VmxZTUbkY
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) November 28, 2021
OU fans after losing Bedlam and then Lincoln Riley to USC in 24 hours pic.twitter.com/03Jj4E96iG
— br_betting (@br_betting) November 28, 2021
This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: College football reacts to Lincoln Riley leaving OU for USC