You know, I’m not sure Lincoln Riley gets enough attention for being a two-faced shit weasel.
I mean, here he is a couple of seasons ago, worrying about one aspect of the transfer portal affecting the sport he so dearly cares about:
But OU coach Lincoln Riley “definitely” has concerns about teams “tampering” with players from other schools by using the transfer portal as an inducement to leave.
“Is it happening? Is it a concern? Of course,” Riley said. “It’s no different than people that cheat in recruiting. We all know it’s going on. You wish more people would get caught. You wish it didn’t happen. But to duck our head in the sand and pretend like it’s not — it is.”
Fast forward a year. Lincoln’s fled for the sunny climes of Southern California and brought his quarterback with him.
“We didn’t take players from Oklahoma, we took players from the transfer portal,” Riley said in a February radio interview with Colin Cowherd, rankling fans even further. “Once a player gets in a portal and they are open to any school in the country, we would be crazy to not look at it and now help our football team.”
Man, the concern’s just melted away. And Riley continues to up his game:
Jordan Addison had yet to enter the portal when ESPN reported Friday night that the All-American receiver was mulling the possibility of leaving Pittsburgh for USC. The scenario was apparently dire enough to Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi that he called Riley multiple times Friday to express his discontent. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh officials told ESPN and the Athletic they suspected USC had tampered with their star receiver.
USC officials wouldn’t comment on the accusations.
No shit! Guess that “we didn’t take players from Pittsburgh, we took players from the transfer portal” explanation doesn’t work so well if the player’s not actually in the transfer portal yet.
Tampering’s kinda like offensive holding — if the refs aren’t gonna call it, keep going until they change their minds.