USC Football Head Coach Lincoln Riley ruffled a lot of feathers on Wednesday when discussing the transfer portal.
In case you haven't noticed, Riley has gone on a rampage when it comes to the transfer portal ever since he made the move to LA. He owns the No. 1 transfer portal class in the nation after landing the No. 1 transfer portal player and most anticipated transfer in history; Caleb Williams.
While this is all true, Riley did acknowledge that the portal rules may need to be tinkered with a little bit for the good of our great sport.
Obviously, he was simply just saying that some things have gotten a bit out of hand with the portal being so flexible, such as athletes entering up to seven or eight times with no more repercussions than someone who's entered just a couple of times. He wasn't being hypocritical, he wasn't complaining, he wasn't doing anything wrong.
USC football Head Coach Lincoln Riley was simply giving his opinion on the future of the transfer portal.
Many on social media, however, accused USC Football Head Coach Lincoln Riley of being hypocritical and complaining about something he benefitted from.
These claims by Oklahoma fans and more are outrageous. Riley isn't saying he dislikes the portal at all, or has a problem with it.
He was simply saying that at times the portal can become a little bit TOO lenient when it comes to granting successful transfer with eligibility as easily as it does. It's safe to say that this was not the intention of putting the portal in place.
A quick scan through the comments of that tweet shows many other angry Oklahoma fans, and not just the one above. They don't understand that Riley used the transfer portal heavily this year because he had to. He had an opportunity to try to kickstart this program by going with experienced guys instead of trying to flip recruits that already were set on which school they were to play for due to him arriving at SC so late (he was of course hired after the season).
He's not being hypocritical, or saying that people shouldn't be able to use the transfer portal heavily. He's simply saying that in the long term, the hyper-flexibility of the portal could potentially hurt the high school players in the country and the recruiting process. In situations like these, a coach NEEDS to utilize the transfer portal quite a bit.
He does not have much of a chance to sign high school recruits due to the timing of the coach changing programs. Since other schools, such as Ole Miss (who grabbed USC's starting quarterback and a promising USC tight end out of the portal) and Florida State who has been taking up lots of portal talent from coaches in general, Riley had to move fast to compete with the roster building that was already happening before he came over to USC. He wasn't the one that started this portal frenzy.
When a new coach takes over a program, many players at that program hit the portal. After all, they were not recruited by that coach. Therefore, the coach needs to fill roster spots, and again, MANY high school recruits have already been gobbled up by other programs.
New head coaches HAVE to use the transfer portal heavily, just ask Oklahoma's own new head coach, Brent Venables, who's gathered 10 transfers so far, good for fourth in the country did.
Oklahoma fans criticizing Riley is what's actually hypocritical, because their coach is doing the same thing. Of course, they'll try to come back with how their coach isn't criticizing it, but again, Riley isn't either.
Riley even has expressed recently that he isn't even going to use the portal as much going forward. He didn't even want to build the roster this way.
He's adapting to the circumstances, not simply smoking everyone in the portal and then hypocritically attacking the idea of it.