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Breaking: Lincoln Riley Is Leaving Oklahoma For USC

Lincoln Riley staring across the field as Oklahoma's head coach.

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on prior to their College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

It looks like Lincoln Riley will be on the move after all.

A day after he said he wasn't taking the LSU job, Riley is reportedly leaving Oklahoma to be the head coach at USC.

It was first reported by Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports and then confirmed by Matt Zenitz of On3.

Riley has been the head coach at Oklahoma for the last five seasons and amassed a 55-10 overall record. He also took the Sooners to the College Football Playoff in three of those five seasons.

This is a huge get for the PAC-12, especially USC. The Trojans have been a shell of their former selves ever since Pete Carroll left and the closest they've come to seriously contending was a Rose Bowl win in 2016.

USC fired Clay Helton back in September after the program appeared to be stuck in the mud. The Trojans were 19-14 since 2018 at the time Helton was fired and then finished this season 4-7 overall.

Perhaps Riley was thinking years ahead with this move. It's possible that he didn't want to go up against the top dogs of the SEC in a few years with Oklahoma migrating to the conference in 2025.

Whatever the case, Riley is taking on a new challenge with the Trojans.