USC Athletic Directo Mike Bohn landed a key hire in Lincoln Riley last November. The commitment from the athletic department was suspect going into the search to replace the bewildered Clay Helton. Silence and a closed-door approach to the process were never broken and are a tribute to Bohn's professionalism. The theatre around the hiring of Lincoln Riley could easily have been a destructive distraction. But throughout the process of exiting 2021, the exact opposite was happening. The rebuilding of this proud football program was finally committed to heading in the right direction. It was all coming together like a finely tuned instrument.
The One-Two punch of Bohn and Riley filing out the staff and going after the NIL and TP resources with a commitment to accelerate the timetable staring the new coach and relatively new AD in the eye. They never made excuses. They kept the attitude to focus on 2022 and not take the easy pass on the first year in the media interviews. Quite the opposite.
The one-tow punch will be on full display to a local Coliseum crowd of hungry loyal fans along with a nation via ESPN trying to get its first glimpse of the USC Trojan turnaround. It doesn't get any more Hollywood than this. No one knows what size crowd will arrive at the stadium but the school is committed to making that a no-brainer by making the attendance fee free to all and offering Trojan giveaways at the game.
It has been a long time since we felt this way as a fan base. The players have been working fast and hard. This spring game will not be tag football according to coach Riley. It will be a physical test to see what this staff has accomplished in short order this spring.