There is a brilliance on the part of Lincoln Riley taking the USC job.
His star was fading a bit at Oklahoma this season and he knows the Sooners are eventually moving to a Super 16-team SEC. The Sooners job is getting harder.
Instead, he can grab the low-hanging fruit of the USC job, where winning a mediocre Pac-12 title will be heartily cheered by the fans, who are starving for success after the Clay Helton era.
In a way, it was a no-brainer. Life in the Pac-12 beats the stress of the SEC.
And in the process, USC gets an elite coach.