Over the past few years, the transfer portal and the NCAA’s new name, image, and likeness policies have drastically altered college football. But while some coaches are complaining about the changes, USC Trojans head coach Lincoln Riley thinks his school simply needs to adapt.
During a press conference this week, Riley was asked about NIL and the transfer portal, and he revealed that he’s “very pleased” with how his school has addressed the changes.
“My thoughts on it haven’t changed a whole lot, I mean to be honest,” Riley said according to On3. “It’s certainly a factor. It’s something that every school uses in different ways. Everybody’s involved at a different level. Some you see across the country publicly. There’s a lot of things that are going on that you don’t see. So yeah, I mean it’s — I feel kind of in the same place that I’ve always felt.
“I mean, we’ve got to figure out what it’s got to be, and how it’s going to be, and how we’re going to regulate it, and to my knowledge nobodies really done that yet. So hopefully that comes. USC, probably like every school in America, has adapted a lot in the last seven or eight months. We’ve got some new groups that have done a really nice job with our guys and opportunities, and with another one or two on the way. So been very pleased with the direction of it here, where it’s going.”
We’ll have to see how Riley and USC continue to adapt.