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?