Folks were surprised when the news broke yesterday that Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley was leaving the program to lead the USC Trojans. However, it’s not an astonishing move by any means, as the Sooners and Texas Longhorns prepare to leave the Big 12 Conference for the SEC as soon as 2023. In fact, Riley’s move makes sense given how California has seen an exodus of top recruiting talent leave in recent years, like Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young, who’s likely to win the Heisman Trophy this year.
Riley’s move is also about winning a national championship – a fact of head coaching life that would become increasingly difficult given the SEC’s minor league pro-like nature.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Thompson, Card or someone else? Hard offseason ahead for Longhorns QBs
Austin American-Statesman: Disappointing start doesn’t lead to a disaster as No. 14 Texas rolls
Austin American-Statesman: How the Texas Longhorns graded out in their win over Kansas State
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: It was just one win, but Friday’s victory was huge for Texas
Austin American-Statesman: How our five pregame questions facing Texas worked out
Austin American-Statesman: Inspired by his late cousin, Texas’ Jacoby Jones shines in final game
Austin American-Statesman: 3 takeaways as Texas ends season with a win over Kansas State
Dallas Morning News: Victory over Kansas State gives Longhorns reason to smile — for the first time in a long time
Dallas Morning News: Texas quick hits: Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops gives harsh critique of Steve Sarkisian
Dallas Morning News: National reaction to Texas’ win over Kansas State: Longhorn fans sing RB Roschon Johnson’s praises
Dallas Morning News: 5 takeaways from Texas’ win over Kansas State: KSU has no answer for wildcat formation
247Sports: Unpacking a gritty Texas win over K-State
Inside Texas: Candid conversations with quarterback candidates
Inside Texas: 2021 Kansas State Postmortem: Offense
Inside Texas: 2021 Kansas State Postmortem: Defense/special teams
Inside Texas: Some Saturday Texas Longhorns program thoughts and notes
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
247Sports: The Stampede: How to pitch the remaining prospects on the board
247Sports: NickKnacks: How does Lincoln Riley’s move to USC affect Texas recruiting?
247Sports: Mike at Night: Chaos is a ladder
247Sports: Texas commit J’Mond Tapp honored as an All-American
247Sports: Where does Texas turn after losing Jamarion Miller?
Inside Texas: Late night recruiting: Kobie McKinzie, Malik Agbo, notes from Duncanville
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Inside Texas: TCU embraces Metroplex-ball
Inside Texas: And we thought Saturday was wild, thoughts on Lincoln Riley to USC
Our Daily Bears: The Code of Sportsmanship Says It’s Okay to Leave OU with Time on the Contract: Lincoln Riley to USC
Our Daily Bears: Baylor survived, now it’s time to thrive
Our Daily Bears: Dave Aranda is about to get paid ... to stay at Baylor
Frogs O’ War: Sonny Dykes to TCU: Who might be joining his staff?
Frogs O’ War: MMQB: They may take our wins, but they will never take our freedom
The Smoking Musket: What I think after getting bowl eligible
The Smoking Musket: West Virginia grinds their way to bowl eligibility in 34-28 win over Kansas
The Smoking Musket: West Virginia survives near upset by Eastern Kentucky
Wide Right & Natty Lite: Cyclones breece down TCU
Bring On The Cats: Well, it’s an easy win: Kansas State 84, North Dakota 42
Bring On The Cats: Kansas State 17 - Texas 22
Rock Chalk Talk: Jayhawks beat Iona, finish Invitational play
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: The Jaguars mascot’s bungee jump backflip went wrong and he got stuck
SB Nation: Kirk Cousins lined up under the right guard, who does not snap the ball
NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND
- Texas men’s basketball takes on the Sam Houston State Bearcats tonight at 7:30pm Central.
- Oklahoma true freshman quarterback Caleb Williams on the Riley news.