USC Morning Buzz: Lincoln Riley Could Have Special Teams Coach If Desired

In this week’s session with a Pac-12 (head) coach, I asked him about Lincoln Riley’s assertion that he doesn’t believe in a full-time special teams coach.

“I’ve never believed in one coach that’s doing something for two periods of practice a day, then whats he doing the rest of the time?” Riley said. “Let’s have guys that are coaching guys all the time, everywhere”

This comment drew a strong rebuke from the Pac-12 coach.

“He’s full of it,” the coach said. “He could still pull it off in the current structure of his staff. A lot of schools get a guy to coach tight ends and special teams and they are they known for being top-rate special teams coaches. If you are in the business, you know who those guys are if you want to hire them.

“But that isn’t what this is about. Riley’s in love with offense. He doesn’t want to give up any coaches to special teams. He wants to have all his guys coaching the offense. Three assistant coaches for the receivers. That’s his priority.

“He doesn’t want have to share any of that with a special teams guy.”

Meanwhile, with basketball:

  • Did you know USC was a 20.5-point favorite over Florida Gulf Coast?
  • Did you hear DJ Mal-ski trash-talked the celebrating Florida Gulf Coast bench last night?
  • This is what happens when you are more interested in keeping your access to the USC coaches than actually analyzing the team. Villanova?!?!?
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67 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: Lincoln Riley Could Have Special Teams Coach If Desired

    1. WOLF IS IMPLYING THAT HE TALKS TO A PAC 12 HEAD COACH EVERY WEEK
      THE DOG SAYS THAT THE ODDS ON THIS BEING TRUE ARE ASTRONOMICAL
      IF YOU DONT SEE ME HERE ANYMORE YOU WILL KNOW I HAVE BEEN PERMANENTLY BANNED
      SUCH IS A DOGS LIFE SPORTS FANS !!!!

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      1. RILEY HAS HAD SPECIAL TEAMS EVER SINCE HE BECAME A HEAD COACH !!!
        REALLY GOOD SPECIAL TEAMS THAT HAVE GONE TO THE PLAYOFFS !!!

        SHOUT OUT TO MICHAEL 67. BOURBON. SO CAL. GABBY. LJ. CHARLES AND ALL MY FELLOW TROJANS !!!!!!!

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      2. Wolf talks to a head coach who he quotes as saying Wiley “is full of it,” that is doubtful as GT pointed out above but Wolf doesn’t exile posters for anti-Wolf commentary but there is a first for everything

        After this weekend’s games I wish it would be officially stated by the Pac-12 what it takes for the competing teams to make the Pac-12 Championship game because I have seen conflicting reports, but it still looks as if SC needs for Oregon to beat Utah although I don’t care what sucla needs to have happen

        Comparing SC’s basketball use of a 4-guard alignment to Villanova is where the comparison ends in that ‘Nova has won a couple of national titles in its time

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      1. Trumplican Ted “Cancun” Cruz booed mercilessly in Houston. Cruz family utterly humiliated!

        The entire Cruz family completely shamed, his daughters thoroughly embarrassed

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      2. Big deal, a dozen or so drunk NY fans spouting off.

        Will their comments lead to millions of people repeating their chants, with t-shirts. stickers and other paraphernalia being made? LET’S GO BRANDON! :-p

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      3. “Utterly humiliated…. thoroughly embarrassed…. mercilessly booed…!”
        #WelcomeToTebow’sUniverse…
        #…[Reminder:It’sTheOneWithoutAMoon]….

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    2. UCLA plays big boy football, they actually believe in running the ball, not this pass happy bullshit that ‘Ol Mule Shoe is obsessed with that does not work against good teams

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      1. What are your fucin feelings hurt again you fucin, Clown? That’s just it voting for the best candidate available. This is not a fucin popularity contest. That’s what’s wrong with the people and the media nowadays. They don’t get that simple fact. Who gives a fuc if he was booed at a game in Houston. How come all the idiots in that arena that are booing senator Cruz. Booing, all the crime and senseless murders that have been going on in Houston lately, since the Democrats took over that city. Nice video of stupidity from our fellow Americans in Houston. Way to go tebowobama!

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      1. It took the 9th fucin game to do it, OT. I usually don’t agree with Scotty on his criticism on this blog, but I have to agree with this column. LR is full of shyt on this one and needs to hire a special teams coach or coach them himself with his philosophy. Pete Carroll use to Coach the defense. LR can do special teams.

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      2. Jesus, I was just correcting Charles R Smith, not calling it out as an achievement. Settle down people!

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      3. I wasn’t killing the messenger OT or critical of your response. That was more at LR for trying to bull shyt fans that have been watching and rooting for the USC Trojans for most of their lives. 9 games in with 1 block extra pat. Then LR wonders why their in close games at the end after boat racing their opponents in the first half or for 3 quarters. Gary Beamon at VT made a coaching career by talking care of the special teams himself.

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  1. Prediction on USC/UCLA game —
    USC will make it to the 4 yard line —first and goal with 17 seconds to go to score the go ahead TD —when the refs will call the game over. By prearrangement Chip will run his team off the field …and the refs will run with them.
    Mike Bohn & Carol Folt will release a statement saying “like many bad things that happen, there’s nothing that can be done.”
    #”DuringThisTimeOfMourningWeAskYouRespectOurPrivacy”

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      1. Ha! True. And he would have congratulated the UCLA cheering section….and, then, thanked the refs….
        #HolidayBowlRedux

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  2. Fancy runs free this early morning, Michael,
    but truth is I bet “Chip-on-his-Shoulder’ can’t wait to get at that SC ‘D’
    although ‘Celeb’ might keep him up at night

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    1. Riley is gonna throw EVERYTHING at UCLA from the first down of the first series to the last down of the last series….let’s see if UCLA can survive that….
      #ScottWasRightAbout63-62….
      #..WeJustDon’tKnowWho’llGetThe63….

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      1. In a way, it is — City Championship, recruiting edge, national respect… first tier bowl…. winning several bets [speaking personally]…..

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      2. None of those mentioned payback, Michael.

        Yes, they’re going to win once in a while. But nothing is better than coming back a year after a loss and reminding them who the city champs really are.

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      3. Not so fast, my friend. I just saw an elections official in Arizona say 20% of the machines in Maricopa County [!!!] aren’t operating correctly —- worse yet he said all the questionable ballots will be placed in what he called “Box Threes” for “safekeeping.” Funny that they had hundreds of “Box Threes” ready and available for use, huh?

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      4. LOL! “Not so fast, my friend.”

        Don’t think I’ll ever hear/read that line without thinking of Lee Corso making his Gameday picks.

        Wishing him the very best! We know he’s gotta go eventually, but Gameday isn’t the same without him.

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      5. Caruso was at the heart and helped usher in USC’s wokeness and slo cal is too stupid to realize it.

        LOL!

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      1. I do Wheaties no sugar, The breakfast of champions. Although they have that quitter Simone biles on the box, now. Also Honey nut Cheerios to help with my cholesterol. Got to take care of my health. Also I’m California sober no alcohol, 3 years sober, just weed for me. All natural for my, chronic fucin pain everyday

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      2. I tried to “like” this…but button not working.. I guess it’s gonna be that kinda day across the country —buttons not working for lotteries and polling places and favorite blog sites….
        #btw,SmartDiet,trojanboogs!

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    1. Exactly owns where are all the USC fan boys, as Scotty likes to call them.? Who were drooling to give Andy flavor of the month an extension. Guy can’t even recruit a decent point guard to troy but he’s a Great recruiter. How does that work. Make it make sense! Still waiting for USC to make it to the final 4 in my lifetime.

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    2. Thanks MG for the words of encouragement. By the way I never thought I would agree with anything owns posts on here. Oh well must be raining election day. Time to make America GREATFUL again.

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  3. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again Utah has to lose and USC has to win out and they are in the Pac 12 championship game probably against Oregon. As for UCLA who cares.

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  4. If Utah and Oregon make the PAC 12 championship game over USC, than it’s justified, for them leaving the PAC 12 was what is best for USC. The PAC 12 can just go away into oblivion as an after thought.

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  5. Everyone is taking Scott’s assertion that he speaks with a PAC 12 coach as something fabricated or disingenuous. Must we forget that Scott has a weekly match with the USC chess team coach. Said coach IS a PAC 12 coach and he has an opinion. Even more interesting is the our chess coach is considered a chess pro (although not highly ranked). This makes him a pro and a coach, thus a pro coach. Again the chess pro coach has an opinion.
    You know what they say about opinions: Opinions are like a**holes and everyone only needs one to make up this sh*t I just wrote….(Or something like that)

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      1. Yeah, his vegetative opponent referred to his personal physicians as “real doctors”.

        Hilarious that he’s trying to claim he’s been transparent without releasing his medical records.

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    1. The thing you’re forgetting about Scott’s “opinions” —a lot of them turn out to be right.
      #There’sThat

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  6. For those who insist on inserting churlish political commentary on this high class football blog, I offer two poems (author: moi), one for today, one for tomorrow:

    (Today) ELECTION DAY
    The bets are all in,
    The wheel’s now in spin,
    As the people proceed to the polls.
    No matter who wins,
    They’re not without sins,
    As we’ll hear for four years from the trolls.

    (Tomorrow) IT’S OVER
    Goodbye to the midterm election,
    Our version of natural selection,
    Where political survival
    Requires trashing one’s rival,
    Contrasted with one’s own perfection.

    Buffalo burgers are on Friday’s menu.

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      1. I like Deuteronomy –“The Lord didn’t place the truth in the sky so you had to fly after it …or at the bottom of the sea so you had to swim after it…he placed it in your hearts so all you had to do is carry it out..”

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  7. Kiel McDonald coached special teams last year at Utah, maybe Riley is just testing coaches to see who can handle their position duties and the special teams assignments? That would keep the Jablonskis like Mr. Wolf from blaming everything on them.

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  8. Unfortunately, neither of the top programs is being managed well. While Riley is very good at offensive schemes and many facets of coaching, he isnt a real organization builder.

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