Lincoln Riley Backs His Kicker

Lincoln Riley said today his confidence in kicker Denis Lynch is “very high.” Riley said Lynch missed the first FG because the holder’s foot was in his way.

Riley also spoke about the state of football in Southern California.

“I think people need to recognize that a lot of things have changed,” he said. “This program’s on a great trajectory. Chip (Kelly) has done a great job at UCLA. The home games at UCLA need to look like that, they do. Our home games need to be full, they do.”

Riley said he embraces the season finishing with a tough stretch of games.

“You have to embrace it,” he said. “It’s fun playing really good competition in cool venues with a lot of things on the line.

“I do think (the players) have a sense for it. We’re certainly not going to minimize the moment. I’m not worried about that. It’s probably more about us just staying focused on process and how can we get better.”

REACTION: Riley acknowledging the attendance at USC and UCLA games shows how the crowds this year have been generally disappointing. But if you want to draw more fans, you have to play good teams too. Neither USC nor UCLA has offered fans much of a schedule.

60 thoughts on “Lincoln Riley Backs His Kicker

  1. This is where USC is blessed with Bohn’s foresight – he rid the team of the goofy incompetent cancer that was 100% Helton, early last year. That brought immediate relief that finally ‘Claytonska’ was gone. He then stealthily began to create a list of potential replacements and when the exact moment was right for the move Bohn pounced with an offer that was impossible for Riley to decline. Had that been refused he had plans on moving elsewhere but it wasn’t.

    I’d say Bohn is smart enough to have a short list that is constantly updated for any eventuality unlike the lack of foresight shown by ‘the princesses’ AD Jack Swarbrick hiring a assistant coach who had never been a head coach before as the new head coach for the Irish…..think the same nonsense the NYY have engaged in for 5 straight years i.e. Aaron Boone….never had managed a single baseball game at any level given the manger position with the NYY.

    See where MS Head Coach Lane Kiffin is up to his old tricks ‘denying’ interest in Auburn but also copying and pasting his replies for all to see his lack of ‘interest’?

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    1. Bohn and whatshername were 2-3 years too late on the change…but they did something when SC was in ICU…Kiff has a better job at ‘Ol Miss than auburn…what he does is his business, but I would not go to auburn.

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      1. How ‘…2-3 years too late on the change…’ do you figure that?

        Bohn did an outstanding year 3 … Helton’s contract was top heavy in buy out thanks to Swann. Thanks to Folt we didn’t have to deal with Meyer’s ‘..3 and done…’ routine. In your time frame just who was going to be hired to replace Helton? Riley was in the middle of his own contract – unavailable.

        No one expected this record this late in year 1 anyone who claims they did has no idea how difficult this was to come close to but Bohn made the hire and Riley has more than delivered – win Saturday 11 – 1 heading to Las Vegas for the Pac12 CCG

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    2. Notre Dame was desperate after Luke Fickell turned them down because he ain’t trying to rebuild at Notre Dame what he already has. Clay was cheaper to keeper until the losing became more expensive. That’s just the way it is.

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    3. You probably think you’re winning the “special military operation” you launched against Ukraine. Bohn is a moron. I’m his defense though, Drunk Pat Haden and Augusta Swan left him a sh*t sandwich of an athletic department.

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  2. After missing 2 kicks SC’s field goal kicker Lynch hit a clutch one at the end of the half, his longest ever at I believe 49 yards, which brought SC to 20-21 which had to have been demoralizing for sucla inasmuch as they outplayed SC in that first half

    Before SC became the Trojans it was called the SC Methodists and sometimes the ‘Fighting Methodists,’ not to be confused with the ‘Fighting Irish’ whose rural campus, only 8000 students and Catholic foundation is in contrast to USC’s urban campus, 44,000 students and no religious preferences

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    1. LJ,

      SC was founded by a Methodist, a Jew, and a Catholic. Plus they still have that church on campus nea the dental school and they used to have the Catholic Chapel on Campus just south of the practice field and now a new building is there. Then you have St. Caruso (PUN) Catholic Church just a couple of blocks north of SC. I would say they have a religous presence there.

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      1. There were two churches and a synagogue in a small California town: Methodist, Catholic and Jewish.

        Each church was overrun with pesky squirrels. One day, the Jews called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels. After much prayer and consideration they determined they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creatures.

        So, the Methodists humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.

        Then the Jews got together, humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free more than a dozen miles outside of town. About a week later, the squirrels were back.

        It was only the Catholics who were able to come up with the best and most effective solution:

        They baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church. Now they see them only on Christmas and Easter.

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      2. MG…..I’m glad he has someone to lean on….You have always been good to him

        #BEAT-THE-DOMERS…..(I have to check with slo cal to see if that’s politically acceptable….he wasn’t too keen on the idea of me putting “bear” in place of bruin)

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    2. I remember the little methodist church/chapel SC had on campus in the 50’s…whatshernames woke SC is probably anything but religious,and the bible is probably banned,like any conservative speaker.

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  3. November 22 today, JFK-day (sort of)– died as an American martyr and no matter your particular political persuasion
    was mostly considered a good man who appreciated people and coupled with wife Jackie formed a dynamite duo

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  4. USC hired the right coach. Not just because of the turnaround from last year, but one can see he is the type of guy who can recruit and coach and create a team that cares about the group more than the individual. Glad it wasn’t Cristobal or Venables or any of the other names discussed.

    The lack of a “team” was so obvious under Helton. The lack of discipline, the nonchalant sidelines where players looked like they could care less, all the chaos on the field. No wonder the team underperformed. Those days are gone for good.

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    1. At least for as long as Riley is here….which we ALL hope is a very long time….
      #HeCouldTurnOutToBeUSC’sAllTimeWinningestCoach
      #[Which–Let’sFaceIt–IsSayingALot]….

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  5. SC played a conf sched set by Pac12 and Rice Univ which is 5-6 and soon ND a ranked 8-3…that is not a crummy sched…6 Pac12 schools are rated in top 25…GET REAL wolfie…

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    1. What a senile dipshit….why ask someone’s opinion about a rumor of two dudes pulling a train over 60 years ago…..Get some fucking morals….your sister is 100% correct about you….pathetic!

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  6. PT, as a lecherous male I have no comment about other men’s sexual activity, and it was written that SC had no religious preferences not that SC had no religious “presence”

    Meanwhile back at the ranch, it is noted that the computers all agree on an SC victory however not necessarily at the betting 5 1/2 points,
    although the machines differ on probability ranging from 60-75%
    This would normally be great news except the machines don’t play the game

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    1. LJ,

      Dag nabbit LJ, I was hoping that you would have said something. But you took the high road. LOLOL. As president, he was a good one, however, his personal life was not so great. He other affairs as well.

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    1. ugh,screan whent a way be for i wuz dun,wut i wuz gunna say iz that if we iz aloud to tawk pahliticks heer than i gaht sum thin to say end u awl betur lissen up good cuz i gaht imporetint thing to say,

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      1. Post what you like, Ed. Some of the commies on here don’t like it when we talk politics, but this is America!

        The Left was never able to control Wolf’s blog the way they shut down free speech on MSM, Twitter and Facebook. Thankfully, Twitter has been liberated, even though I don’t use it.

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  7. They haven’t offered much of a schedule because they are in the Pac12. Now when the B1G comes to town will that be good enough? Now I suppose Wolf wants a home/home with Georgia for an out of conf game. Maybe throw in Clemson also. Meanwhile the sec schedules little sisters, and Mercer.

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    1. USC had a good schedule this year. I think 5 teams in the PAC 12 – USC, UCLA, Oregon, Utah, and Washington are legitimate top 20 teams and Oregon State and Washington State are both solid. USC played 4 good teams and will play 2 more in ND and likely Oregon in the PAC 12 championship game. Most of the PAC 12 teams including the above and Arizona have good offenses and quarterbacks and have the potential of knocking off good teams. I wonder if Ohio State and Michigan could have gone through USC’s schedule and remained undefeated. I doubt it.

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      1. Goober: You are a master of avoiding the question or the response called for in the statement. Did not ask for a reference on SOS. Do you believe Ohio St. and Michigan would go undefeated against USC’s schedule? Yes or No. Utah, and UCLA away, Notre Dame, and Oregon in Vegas is a tough schedule. Your a former college football player, you should have enough knowledge to weigh in on an opinion without referencing some outside source. Unless you are a bs artist and never were a college football player.

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      2. …..I’m not paid to analyze SOS, road apple. And yes, Michigan and Ohio St would have great success in the PAC12. They have the bodies and physicality in the trenches to control the LOS.

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  8. It just goes to show that LR understands the importance of turning the Coliseum into Utah/Oregon madhouse if you want to create a NC team. I think the records show that the home team wins 70% of the time.

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    1. It’s what the majority of voters want….celebrate…its time for L. A. to bathe in Karen’s glory…
      #Let’sAllCheckBackIn2YearsToSeeHowThisWorksOut…

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  9. Lincoln Riley is an experienced proven winner. I find it hard to believe that he is going to let a rookie HC from ND knock him out of the playoff race.

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    1. I have some concerns this game could be perceived as a “trap game” with the players looking ahead to the PAC12 title game……2006 is a prime example, two TD favorites over UCLA and we get beat 13-9 and flush a natty down the drain

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      1. I would lean toward Washington also. IMO, Oregon has a better offense, and they can run and pass the ball with efficiency vs Washington’s bread and butter has been placed on the shoulders of Penix’s passing, one-dimensional.

        Against either team, it comes down to our defense making stops and stealing a few possessions……OUR OFFENSE WILL SCORE!

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      2. I think that both Oregon and Washington could get beat this week. Both Oregon State and Washington State have been playing well lately…..these are rival games for both and they have Oregon and Washington at home.

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  10. UCLA and ND are USC’s biggest rivals. By definition, they are not trap games. If you can not get excited to play in these games there is something wrong with you. Frankly Goober, as a former college football player, I would think that you would know what a trap game is about.

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    1. I have been betting on college football for many years….. I know what smells like a trap game….and so do the odds makers…..

      It’s obvious you have no clue how to handicap a football game. We have 18 to 22 years olds with emotions like a roller coaster playing in this game…..The team just came off an emotional high beating UCLA, the biggest win of the season. Why don’t you educate yourself on historic trends that fit this scenario…..

      The casinos were built off of square minds like yours…..Once again, you proved just how limited you are….I see why the firm fired your ass

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    1. California also watered down the bar exam in an effort to increase the minority bar passage rate. Think of the implications of that policy. Do you think this policy is more likely or less likely to result in unjust outcomes.

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  11. 2022 Year-End Wolf Blog Observations–

    Not that anyone cares but my biggest complaint about Posters on a conversation-blog is how judgmental you all are, I find it sickening quite frankly especially the negativity spit-out at this Once-in-a-Lifetime run by the SC football team boggles my mind, thinking “What are these so-called Trojans thinking?’

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    1. LJ: It is a blog. You are going to get some judgmental statements. And some of the statements will veer away from simply Trojan football. Otherwise, the blog would get boring awfully fast. I agree with you to the extent there ought to be some boundaries.

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  12. Big Surprise: College Football Playoff Rankings does its best to freeze USC out and stick 2 loss LSU in…..
    #Boy,IDidn’tSeeThatOneComing….

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    1. MG, We have a Committee member explaining that USC defense must show them they are worthy. Sounds like the conspiracy theories are already starting in the backroom. LSU will not upset GA. Now the talk is Alabama is seriously being in the mix as well as Clemson which is pathetic. Their SOS is not good. A lot of these teams are being in the mix due to reputation, n they have won a championship ditto Alabama Clemson Ohio State Georgia. We must be able to show the Committee against ND, we can physically compete with teams that run. Sounds like they don’t any blowouts in the CFP.

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