In a recent ESPN interview, USC's new head coach Lincoln Riley opened up about his departure from Oklahoma and shut down the idea that he was trying to avoid the SEC...
"Oh yeah, I knew that was out there," Riley told ESPN. "Football is football. I wasn't running from the SEC. I was running to USC. That's probably the best way I could answer that."
"The combination here of the elite academics and you've got a proven football history - it's been done here - and then that big L.A. market, all of that ... I just don't know of anywhere else that has those three," Riley said.