Lincoln Riley is looking forward to coaching in the Big Ten.

Sunday, USC released statements from Trojan coaches, including Riley, as well as the school president and athletic director.

“President (Carol) Folt, (athletic director) Mike Bohn and (former USC football chief of staff) Brandon Sosna have been completely aligned with the vision of what our athletic department can be, while always putting out student-athletes first. This move to the Big Ten Conference positions all of our teams for long-term success. It provides our student-athletes with more exposure, new resources and challenges them with elite competition. USC Football is excited to compete in the Big Ten,” Riley said via the team website.


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USC is set to join the Big Ten in the 2024 season. Riley will be coaching in his third conference in 4 seasons after coaching 2021-23 in the Big 12 and Pac-12.

Riley succeeded Bob Stoops as Oklahoma’s head coach ahead of the 2017 season. He posted a 55-10 in 5 seasons with the Sooners before leaving to take the USC job on Nov. 28.