“Curveball” was a memorable metaphor for Riley.
“As much as my family and I loved Norman and cherished the success we had on the field, sometimes life throws you at the most unexpected moments,” Riley wrote. “Honestly, I always thought I would end my coaching career at OU. But when my agent called me to inform USC of interest, I was immediately intrigued by the possibilities.”
But with news that USC and fellow Pac-12 team UCLA want to leave conference for the Big 10 by 2024, OU fans and others questioning the move will wonder: Did Riley plans to coach in the Big 10 all this time?
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Whether Riley is playing 3D chess or has just landed at a drop point in Candyland, many people who watch college football have something to say about Riley’s potential adventures in the Big 10 – widely regarded as a stronger football conference than the Pac-12 to which he fled.
Here’s what social media is saying about the possibility of ex-OU football coach Lincoln Riley leading the Trojans in the formidable Big 10.
USC coach Lincoln Riley leads team in Big 10? This is what Twitter says
Lincoln Riley probably won’t see such glasses in Corvallis.
In any case, he is no stranger to early-bird kick-offs.
Some fans have an idea where Riley’s next job could be. Or maybe they just enjoy ribbing Corvallis.
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USA Today digital producer Nate Chute contributed to this report.
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