This is the time when Lincoln Riley is watching USC film over and over, at least when he isn’t offering recruits scholarships or monitoring the transfer portal.
And I’ve heard whispers inside the McKay Center that linebackers are a constant subject as the coaches wonder how to improve the corps for next season. It’s quite a conundrum unless some more linebackers enter the portal.
This isn’t the first time I’ve brought it up but at least Riley is acutely aware of the linebacker dilemma.
But even if he lands quarterback Caleb Williams, Riley needs a defense. Or is USC going to have a lot of 45-42 games next season?
I have to believe that Riley is probably shocked in some ways at the roster he inherits, even if the Trojans were only 4-8 last season.
What happened to the days of Chip Banks, Junior Seau, Chris Claiborne, Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga, Clay Matthews . . .
- Offensive lineman Casey Collier entered the transfer portal on Wednesday. He was barely even in the program last season, another one of Graham Harrell’s Texas connections (like Joseph Manjack).
With everyone focused on Lincoln Riley, no one will care to examine how good (or bad) Harrell’s recruiting was the past few years.