It appears Lincoln Riley could not wait to get out of Norman, Oklahoma.
Per Carey Murdock of SoonerScoop.com, Riley only spent a couple of minutes with his Sooners team to inform them that he was taking the head coaching position at USC and then promtly walked out of the room
Riley replaces former Trojans coach Clay Helton, who was fired in September after posting a 46-24 record in seven seasons.
Riley released a statement on his decision to leave Oklahoma.
“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 leaves a program where he guided to four consecutive Big 12 titles and three College Football Playoff appearances in his first four seasons. Oklahoma was eliminated from the Big 12 championship game following a 37-33 loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday night.