Oklahoma fans are still reeling from Sunday's stunning Lincoln Riley news. The Sooners head coach is leaving Norman, Okla. for the head coaching job at USC.
“I am truly excited to come to USC and join the Trojan Family as its new head football coach,” Riley said in a statement. “USC has an unparalleled football tradition with tremendous resources and facilities, and the administration has made a deep commitment to winning. I look forward to honoring that successful tradition and building on it. The pieces are in place for us to build the program back to where it should be and the fans expect it to be. We will work hard to develop a physical football team that is dominant on both lines of scrimmage, and has a dynamic balanced offense and a stout aggressive defense.
“I want to thank the administration, coaches and players at Oklahoma for five incredible years as their head coach. We accomplished some great things there and I will always cherish my time as a Sooner.”
Riley isn't the only coach leaving Oklahoma. He's bringing some of his top assistant coaches with him to Southern California.
Oklahoma fans are understandably upset. However, everyone complaining about a premeditated move that kept other people in the dark should remember what Oklahoma is doing to the rest of the Big 12.
The Sooners and the Longhorns, of course, are leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. They certainly didn't consult with anyone else in the conference before making a decision that was best for them.
Unfortunately, that's just what happens in this sport. Oklahoma fans are on the bad end this time, but they'll be on the good end when they hire a new head coach. The cycle just continues.