“Curveball” was a memorable metaphor of Riley’s.
“As much as my family and I loved Norman and cherished the success we were having on the field, sometimes life throws you curveballs at the most unexpected times,” Riley wrote. “Honestly, I always figured I would end my coaching career at OU. But when my agent called me to pass along interest from USC, I was immediately intrigued by the possibilities.”
But with news that USC and fellow Pac-12 team UCLA are looking to leave the conference for the Big 10 by 2024, OU fans and others who question the move are wondering: Did Riley plan on coaching in the Big 10 all along?
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Whether Riley’s playing 3-D chess or just landed on a licorice space in Candyland, plenty of folks who watch college football have something to say about Riley’s possible adventures in the Big 10 — widely considered a stronger football conference than the Pac-12 to which he fled.
Here’s what social media is saying about the possibility of ex-OU football coach Lincoln Riley leading the Trojans in the formidable Big 10.
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Lincoln Riley likely won’t see spectacles like these in Corvallis.
At least he’s no stranger to early-bird kickoffs.
Some fans have an idea where Riley’s next job might be. Or maybe they just enjoy ribbing Corvallis.
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A possible crystal ball moment?
Digital producer Nate Chute of USA Today contributed to this report.
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