Lincoln Riley wrote an essay for The Players Tribune on his departure from Oklahoma to USC.
It’s not particularly revealing but I will include a couple excerpts if you are curious.
“There are aspects of my departure and transition that I would certainly do differently if I could do it again, and I acknowledge that I could have handled some parts of the situation better. I absolutely own that. While I was able to talk with several players after the team meeting, I wish I would have had the time to sit down with each individual player and staff member to explain my decision.“
“Since my move, many have asked me why I would leave Oklahoma, and the best — and most honest — answer is that the opportunity at USC was simply the right job at the right time for me and for my family. We all have moments in life where we are faced with difficult choices, and this was the path my family and I chose. I don’t expect everyone to understand; in my line of work, that’s not possible.”
- It would have been interesting if Riley addressed Oklahoma’s impending move to the SEC but he didn’t. Or exactly when USC contacted him the first time regarding the job and how long it took to reach an agreement.