Lincoln Riley, straight talker

Man, this guy is so full of it.

No matter what bitter OU fans think of the blink-of-an-eye move following a brutal late-November loss to rival Oklahoma State, the man knows what it takes to get to the playoff. Counting his time as a coordinator, he has been to four of the eight CFPs.

During a wide-ranging interview with CBS Sports this week, Riley clearly believes USC at least an even chance to getting to that point.

“I’ve walked into four playoffs, and I’ve never had better than maybe the third-best roster [of the four teams],” Riley said. “Every other year, we were four of four. We had really good rosters, but they weren’t the same. … I can’t imagine that there could be a setting that we could build a better roster than we can here.”

I can’t help but wonder where 2017 fits into that story.  But I digress.  If you can’t make things work better at Oklahoma, is that really a shortcoming of the school, or the coaching staff?


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27 responses to “Lincoln Riley, straight talker

  1. Sweet D

    Sounds like he expects the buena vista to do the heavy lifting, to do what he can’t.

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  2. practicaldawg

    I don’t see his defense improving at USC. He’ll follow the same formula he did at OU and will win most games with scores like 64-58. Then he’ll get blown out in the first round of the playoff.

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  3. munsonlarryfkajim

    Born on third base. Thinks he hit a triple. F that guy

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  4. Ran A

    Man the ego’s showing isn’t it. I didn’t get out coached. They just had better players.


  5. Derek

    Is an unwillingness to tackle a roster problem or a problem with the culture in the locker room?

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  6. It’s my understanding that a lot of wide-eyed young ambitious folks go to Hollywood every year with visions of making it big…but this guy is just a prick who isn’t the 2nd coming of Pete Carroll…the only thing he has going for him is that the rest of the Pac12 sucks so badly.

    Wouldn’t hurt my feelings if USC evicts him from his mansion.

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    • Down Island Way

      This guy might be the left coast idea of a breathe of fresh air, given the volume of recruitable high level footballers in cali, $10 + million a year, bright lights of laker hoops…Joey Freshwater never made it off the tarmac, pete carroll probably never touched the tarmac, cause that place had hot probation every where, if 10/11 wins a year, plus a conference title every now and then…maybe he stays out of the coaches portal for 3 to 5 contract extensions…


  7. If he thought the other teams in the playoff had better players, why did he accept transfers from his former employer?

    Boy Wonder, admit you didn’t want to compete year in and year out in the SEC.

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    • JoeDashDawg

      I have no love for Licoln Riley, and his comments leading into, and after, his move to USC have been pretty douchey. But the dude left for more $$ and an easier path to the playoff, not to mention trading off Norman Oklahoma for Sunny California. People really don’t understand why? I can’t say I would have turned it down unless I’m the coach at my alma mater. He’s a Texas Tech grad if I remember correctly.

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    • akascuba

      I’ll give him credit for being smart enough to know he had no business as a HC in the SEC. He’s in a perfect recruiting location for everything needed to win championships. Riley is certainly smart enough to see his future and chose the right time to bail on OU. Then landed at the perfect location for his brand of coaching. Which is over hyped high scoring against usually weaker teams, with a chicken shit personality, cowardly, and being a big time hypocrite. I wish him nothing but annually disappointing seasons during his time at USCw.

      It may take longer at OU than it did Nebraska. The golden years of football are in the past for both. Neither has the recruiting base or funds needed to stay on top.

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  8. Dawg in Austin

    He had the second best talent in 2017-18, just got outcoached in a barn burner. Otherwise, he’s probably right. But that’s on him and no one else. It’s a lot easier to recruit SoCal with an engaged fan base and minimal competition than fighting Texas, A&M, LSU, Bama and UGA for Texas kids hundreds of miles away. Work easier for more money? Hard to blame the guy.

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  9. Anon

    Riley —-> wood chipper material

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  10. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    The idea that he didn’t leave OU because they were going to the SEC is the biggest bunch of b.s.

    I hope Lanning eats his lunch on a regular basis out there.

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  11. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    former player, christmas cards may have a different greeting for riley this year. what an ass.

    his arrogant ass didn’t know what hit him when we woke in 2017

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  12. TripleB

    He’s a real pretty boy, ain’t he? Seems to forget his part in blowing 17 point lead in Rose Bowl. If he doesn’t succeed it certainly won’t be his fault!

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  13. moe pritchett

    His picture is in Webster right next to narcissistic cretin

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  14. uga97

    Can’t wait to see how his Pac12 roster looks on the D side of the ball.


  15. Here’s what I wish he would just say: “Look, Dabo plays in a soft conference and has you guys wrapped around his finger with his self righteous aw shucks routine. But it’s crap. He plays no one, keeps his guys healthy, and walks into the CFP every year. I saw an opportunity to do the same, so I took it”

    That’s it.