No surprise that Mike Riley would be USC’s first choice if/when Pete Carroll leaves USC.
The surprise would be if Riley came. He’s already left Oregon State once (for the Chargers). Riley was lucky enough to get his old job back after flaming out with San Diego.
Leaving this time, though, would present another set of circumstances. Riley would be leaving his hometown and the Beavers’ program in the middle of recruiting. Does he really want to do that?
<i>The Oregonian<i/> reported Saturday night that Oregon State AD Bob DeCarolis was prepared to offer Riley a lifetime contract.
If Riley doesn’t come, then the speculation turns to Jacksonville’s Jack Del Rio or Tennessee’s Jeff Fisher. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian took his name out of the “running” on Saturday.
There is more than a little consternation on the recruiting trail where USC. The Trojans top two recruits are uncertain.
“It hurts," receiver Kyle Prater told Rivals.com. "I don't even know what to say. I can't really tell you anything because I don't know anything so I can't tell you. All the coaches at the school are just as clueless as me."
I talked to a USC coach Saturday who was out on the road but had not been contacted by Carroll. His boss has talked to NFL teams before. He said the concern this time is that the process is dragging out and definitely impacting recruiting.
Corona, Calif. safety Demetrius Wright stayed with USC Saturday, committing during the Army All-American game. He called USC is “dream school.”