USC Roster Turnover Could Be Greater

Despite all the USC players who left via the transfer portal, one source on the football staff tells me Lincoln Riley has actually told quite a few more players to leave but they are sticking it out . . . so far.

“It’s really been almost twice as many who left,” the source said. “But some guys don’t want to leave yet.”

44 thoughts on “USC Roster Turnover Could Be Greater

    1. Their talent was evaluated by one Clay Helton. I can totally see he’d want half the team gone.

      The thing you guys refuse to get is next season isn’t going to be as great as you think. He’s wisely, and willingly to focus on the long term instead of the damn the torpedoes plan you’ve convinced yourself is going ro happen.

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  1. I am glad he is cleaning house. The way Helton recruited who knows who should be there. Staying there without a scholarship is not ideal for any athlete.

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  2. What happens when LFR ask Scooter to hit the road.
    A) He moves on to Westwood Bears
    B) Pees himself and ask LFR for forgiveness
    C) LFR never even runs into Scooter because he never leaves his basement
    D) He leaves and moves in with Own’s and they live HEA

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    1. Scott’s source understandably misheard. Riley didn’t say he wants more “messed up footballers” to leave –he said he wants “Missus Folt” to leave.
      #HeJustSaidItRealFastWhileEatingAColiseumDog…
      #[IWasThere]

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  3. These poor kids thought they had an easy ride and a sure-bet 4 years of scholarship protection, and now look at them.– Thrown out with the trash, and worse, a loss of scholarship unless they can find another college to pick them up and renew their scholarship via the Portal.

    The kids Smiley wants to get rid of will have their scholarships active until July, so they can get through this academic year. Perhaps the kids that want to stay don’t want to change schools, and/or believe they can show Riles that they can help the team.

    All in all, it is kind of a nasty situation, but that is the risk kids take when accepting an athletic scholarship, it is only good for a year, and is subject to being renewed, reduced, or revoked!

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    1. Maybe they shouldn’t have let Riley watch them prepare for Cal –dropping passes, not putting more than 50% effort into blocking or tackling, kicking the ball to student assistants instead of picking it up and tossing it, walking at a snail’s pace when they were told to come out (and repeating that pace during the Cal game during substitutions). Maybe Riley got the impression they were a bunch of lazy crybabies.

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      1. That is surprisingly harsh, Michael, because these kids were recruited by SC, and were a product of their soft Helton environment, so maybe they are not good enough for the team, but don’t throw them out with the wash.

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    2. Totally disagree. They got admitted, which is very very difficult these days, and at least a year free ride. If they’re smart they’ll stay at USC via financial aid and relentless pursuit of scholarships (of which there are many) and graduate. If LR is booting them they obviously don’t have the talent to make it to the next level, but they can still get a super valuable degree.

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      1. These booted kids could have their scholarships extended if they could find another college home through the Portal, but many of them are not good enough for college ball, let alone the next level (NFL).

        For those recruited SC athletes not good enough for the present coach, I hope they can get the financial support to get them through their schooling.

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      1. A perfect post, Doctor.
        I Helton is truly a “man of the Lord,” he will take all these castoffs from USC to Georgia Southern (or whatever school he is “coaching.”)

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    3. That’s not how scholarships work. They’re year to year. Teams usually honor them as it’s not the greatest look to future recruits. I have first hand experience here.

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  4. Good luck to these guys showing that they are up to Riley’s new standards. Michigan State brought in an additional 13 incoming transfers after spring practice 2021.

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  5. Get rid of all the Mountain West Conference players that the lazy, ignorant Dumb Ass , Clay Helton recruited. He couldn’t recruit at a potentially top five program, so I wonder what the Georgia Southern’s athletic director is expecting. 😂😂😂.

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  6. Terrific news.I estimated 35- 40 players that needed to be shown the door. By my latest count. there are at least another 10-12 players that should be asked or strongly encouraged to find another home. It’s not their fault. If you were a no star or 1-2 star prospect and the village idiot offered you a free ride to one of the top 3 blue blood programs in the history of college football, what would you do 🤷🏽‍♂️. Coach Riley will add another dozen or more players from the transfer portal after spring practice to bring the total number of transfers to approximately 25 players. Riley believes the Trojans can win the PAC 12 title THIS YEAR and can be a dark horse candidate to play in the CFP. This will set the stage for the top 1-5 rated 2023 recruiting class AND a real shot at a legitimate National Championship run in 2023. USC will have one of the strongest rosters in college football by 2023 and no one will care if the ratio is skewed towards transfers. Highly rated transfers are less risk and you are usually not stuck with your mistakes for 4 years. Riley’s transformation/rebuild plan is strategically brilliant and will result in the Trojans returning to their rightful place atop the world of college football. No other school has USC”s recruiting map or NIL upside. We are back baby!!!! Count on it bitches.

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    1. I was with you all the way until the last sentence.

      Why is it we use words that refer to the female, such as bitc-es and pus-y, as the ultimate put-down of men?– Men still treat women as second-class citizens. Or worse.

      Georgia Frontierre, the one-time owner of the Rams exclaimed when she became the owner: “In the NFL there are men and women don’t exist”

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      1. Had more of those “men” gone swimming at the beach with Georgia, then there would have been far fewer men in the NFL (and far more women).

        Smart guys. Safer to swim with sharks than with Georgia Rosenblum.

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      1. Ok, maybe John DID say it well… but let’s get one thing straight: nobody respects women more than me.
        #WhenItComesToWomen…
        #…I’mTheStandard”Gentlemen”WillBeFollowingForYears…
        #[MaybeEvenForever]

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      2. No I was saying Well-Said to Trojan Five. He (I suppose) wasn’t saying bitches to be insulting to women or men, but in that context as a bond with fellow USC fans. Think Ari in Entourage: “let’s hug it out bitches!”

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    1. Little Known Fact Department…
      ….the phrase isn’t really intended to mean “I’ve seen girls play…and I’ve seen you play…and when I compare the two, you play similarly.” It’s just a dumb, shorthand way of saying “you suck” [based on deep-seeded opposite gender hatred — well, probably not really but you know what I mean]. We, you and me, all of us — need to come up with totally new insults….if we ever intend to get on Carol’s good side.
      #ComeToThinkOfIt,”YouSuck”IsProblematicToo
      #Wow,WeReallyHaveOurWorkCutOutForUsOnInsideUSC…
      #[wtf?!]….

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      1. MG, how can you be the “standard gentleman” when I have the title? And as for reforming sports-blog men to come around, you have your work cut out for you
        as evidenced by some of the comments.

        And instead of saying “You play like a girl” why not change it to this:
        “The only coach you could play for is Clay Helton”– now that is a put-down!

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  7. If you want to curse, it’s not going to hurt my feelings. I want to throw a coffee mug at Clay Helton’s head. STAY OUT OF MALIBU LEBOWSKI!!!

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  8. So what if those players were promised a 4 year scholarship when they came to -SC, and Riley comes in & wants them gone after their 1st or 2nd year? Can he “retire” them to make roster space?

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  9. What Riles is saying is…It’s not about the individual student athlete any longer, it’s all about the Team now! If you can’t play to the level I expect you don’t play.
    He’s simply mimicking Sabans philosophy…a winning one I might ad.

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  10. You are EXACTLY RIGHT my learned friend Charles R. Smith. I used the word bitches as a way to bond with my fellow Trojans. Exactly the same way the agent used it in the hit series Entourage 😄.

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  11. Any kid good enough to play college ball was the best player, or one of the best players, on in his high school football team. So naturally these teens have big egos and aspirations to making it to the NFL, even though the odds of a college footballer making it to the pros is about 1%.

    So perhaps Smiley Riley did the Helton-recruits a favor by letting them know they had no chance at SC, let alone the NFL. Now, maybe they will bear down in the classroom more, knowing that is their only chance to have a better financial life.

    And many of these castoffs are black, so this was their only chance at a better life. I would hope SC would reach out to these Riles-rejects and provide them with aid so that they can remain at SC as full-time students if they so choose.

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  12. In an earlier post George Tirebiter asked if I was ‘Lawyer John’

    That reminds me of how a fan asked the late Sidney Poitier, upon seeing him in the streets,
    “Are you Sidney Poitier?” to which Poitier replied, “Yes I am, and will be tomorrow as well.”

    So yes, George Tirebiter, I am ‘Lawyer John’

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    1. John — Point of Information: This meeting on the street didn’t happen between the fan and the late Sidney Poitier, right?
      #[I’mSuchAnAsshole]

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      1. As one porcupine said to the other porcupine, “I get your point.”

        So no, this meeting took place between the fan and while Poitier was still alive.

        I am starting a new class our Ed is leading, called “Make the English language More Alive”

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