Details on the hiring of Lincoln Riley will leak out in time and I heard an interesting tidbit on Wednesday.
Sources told me that USC sent board chairperson Rick Caruso and legendary tailback Marcus Allen to personally court Riley before he accepted the job.
This is interesting for two reasons: Caruso’s involvement backs up other sources that he was strongly involved, which illustrates how committed (financially and otherwise) the university was to hiring a star coach. It’s unprecedented.
And it marks a return for Allen, who has been largely absent from USC since attending a spring practice reunion of former players in 2016. He even skipped his bobblehead giveaway in 2016 at the USC-Utah State, instead attending a Raiders game. In 2019 he attended LSU games during their championship season.
Allen was also part of the group of former players a search firm consulted during the fall about hiring a new football coach.