Lincoln Riley did an interview with Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports and said he can turn USC into the best team in the nation . . . eventually.
“I’ve walked into four playoffs, and I’ve never had better than maybe the third-best roster [of the four teams],” Riley said. “Every other year, we were four of four. We had really good rosters, but they weren’t the same. … I can’t imagine that there could be a setting that we could build a better roster than we can here.”
A couple other points from the story:
- Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch admitted Oklahoma’s defense was “very average” last season.
“When we’ve gotten it right, we’ve been a very good defense,” Grinch said. “We got it wrong too much last year, and we were very average defensively. It makes me want to jump off of this [porch].”
- Riley was unhappy that it became public knowledge he purchased a $17.2 million house in Palos Verdes. This is strange because in Oklahoma (or virtually every other big-time college program), it usually becomes public knowledge when a coach buys a big house. Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian went through it at USC before Riley.
The full story can be found here.