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Lincoln Riley’s offseason changes at USC were amplified in the spring game

Talk is cheap, and a lot of people talk in college football during the offseason. Lincoln Riley has talked a lot about changing the way USC football operates. We did see that Riley was philosophically willing to make adjustments. This was reflected in his hiring decisions and his ability to supplement USC’s coaching staff with better defensive assistants. To that extent, Riley meant what he said and proved that he was serious about doing things differently. But while Riley had made some administrative and executive adjustments to his position as head football coach, we needed to see evidence that the changes translated into a new identity during USC’s spring football game on Saturday. The spring competition did not disappoint. USC’s transition from freewheeling offense to discipline defense was unveiled before a Coliseum audience and a (sparse) Pac-12 Network Los Angeles regional broadcaster audience. This was the real confirmation of the new vision that USC fans were hoping for. The defense is back at USC.

KAMERYN FOUNTAIN

ELIJAH NEWBY

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