Lincoln Riley is troubled.

In the year 2019, is there a bigger generator of bullshit than the transfer portal?

“The part about it I still have a hard time with is that you don’t have to come tell your coach if you’re gonna get in it,” Riley said. “Any job in the world, if you’re gonna leave or go take another job, it’s the right thing to go tell the people that you work for. It’s just common respect, courtesy, that you have those conversations.

“We’re here to educate and help grow young men, yet we don’t put them in position where they’ve gotta make grown-man choices and have grown-man talks. That part to me is still a little perplexing, but I think it’s done some good things for players’ rights.”

Skip the part where he’s comparing this to a job.  I’ll buy the rest of his two weeks notice whine when he lobs the same criticism at peers like Bobby Petrino for their “grown-man choices”.  LSU just hired its new AD away from Texas A&M the same day it relieved Alleva of his duties.

So, again, what makes unpaid student-athletes different from professional coaches and administrators?  That’s a rhetorical question, y’all.

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21 responses to “Lincoln Riley is troubled.

  1. Got Cowdog

    “We’re here to educate and help grow young men, yet we don’t put them in position where they’ve gotta make grown-man choices and have grown-man talks. That part to me is still a little perplexing, but I think it’s done some good things for players’ rights.”
    Bull-Shit. You’re there to win football games and anything done to make that harder for you regardless of how it affects your “young men” is going to perplex you.

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  2. RangerRuss

    College athletes are NFL apprentices competing for a rare and valuable slot with a free education as a consolation prize. Shut up and entertain me.

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  3. Russ

    I agree with his sentiments if applied to the real world. I’ve always given 2 weeks notice and hope from the same from my employees.

    But yeah, the bullshit is deep when he tries to apply it to the football world. These coaches need to learn to just keep their mouths closed on stuff like this.

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    • Dawgflan

      The analogy doesn’t work.

      Do you give your boss notice before you post your resume, talk to a headhunter, or take an interview elsewhere?

      A two weeks notice is a heads up of a done deal, not the start of the process, which would be the same as entering a transfer portal.

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  4. MGW

    Is he saying they should be required to “ask” for permission to do something they don’t need permission to do in the first place, or just to give the coach some notice beyond their name showing up in the portal?

    Because to me, it is peak rudeness for someone to ask permission for something they’re going to go do even if I say no.

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  5. Why should a student-athlete need to do something extra that any other student on campus can do? A student doesn’t need to go to their dean or major department head to say they are looking at other options for completing their education.

    Riley seems to be more like a douche every time he opens his mouth.

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  6. Derek

    I think Bobby Knight proved that the job of coaching is to ensure that these kids don’t grow up to be anything like their coaches, at all…

    Maybe that’s Lincoln’s point.

    It also could be the normal standard approach of “if we stop applying the rules to people without money or power pretty soon everyone will be lawless assholes like the people at the top. And we can’t have that can we?”

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  7. Mick Jagger

    In the year 2019, is there a bigger generator of bullshit than the transfer portal?

    My heart condition is running a close second.

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  8. CB

    He must have missed the Magic Johnson press conference.

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  9. Sam Johnson

    Multi-millionaire CEO’s complaining their jobs just got a little harder. Cry me a river.

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  10. Uglydawg

    This would be like a Marine recruit telling Mr. Drill Instructor that he wants to transfer to the Air Force. It would be something to avoid.

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  11. South FL Dawg

    Coaches need to stop talking about the real world as if they lived in it.

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  12. Macallanlover

    What a bunch of crap. No matter how you want to tweak the verbiage, of course it is the common courtesy you expect from any decent human being in a team/group situation. Because Petrino and others have acted badly, doesn’t excuse your own behavior. You guys are the ones not acting like you have any real world experience. What a bunch of dip shits, you get so involved in your “cause” you excuse anything your side favors, even if it is immoral, unethical, a bold faced lie, or just acting like a brat child. Reminds me of what I see on TV every day, by hypocrites in this country. We have become this as a collective society. Riley is totally correct on this, and I would support even a Paul Johnson, Urban Meyer, or Gus Malzahn saying the exact same thing.

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    • Tl;dr version: “Do as we say, not as we do.”

      Something’s a bunch of crap here, that’s for sure.

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      • Macallanover

        Makes no sense, nothing indicates Riley would behave in any such manner. The fact he called the situation out makes me think he is much too big a man to act like this jerk. Come in, state your case, listen to another viewpoint, then put your name in the portal if you still choose, that would likely make you welcome to come back if it doesn’t work out. Take this route, and you aren’t welcome aon any team of mine. You surely cannot condone this sleazy way to conduct yourself. We may see many issues differently, but you haven’t ever shown yourself to think this is the proper way for this kid to handle the situation. It doesn’t deny him his right to pursue the portal under today’s guidelines, he had nothing to lose. Just be a man about it, and perhaps find out more about things you may have misses.

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        • Mac, as somebody pointed out, entering the transfer portal is the equivalent of sending your resume out. Are you seriously suggesting that it’s common practice to give someone two weeks notice before you do that?

          Again, these kids live in a world where coaches and administrators for the most part don’t behave the way Riley thinks student-athletes should. It’s hypocritical.

          Tell me something — do you think if a coach decides to cut a recruit loose after December because he’s found one he likes better, a two weeks heads up is standard behavior?

          Riley is talking about educating kids to behave like grown ups. They already are.

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