USC in finalizing a deal to hire Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley in the next 24 hours according to multiple reports. It was first reported by Pete Thamel of Yahoo.
This would be a blockbuster hire. Riley makes $7.6 million at Oklahoma and would probably make at least $9 million at USC.
It’s the kind of hire that will shake up the Pac-12 and Riley has recruited well in Southern California recently.
But I will say this again: It was not necessary to have this awful season as a price-to-pay for eventually hiring a big-time coach.