Lincoln Riley effect: Five players and one coach announce they’re leaving USC

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The inevitable exodus at USC has begun.

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Edge rushers Hunter Echols and Juliano Falanico, defensive tackle Jake Lichtenstein and kicker Alex Stadthaus all entered the NCAA transfer portal on Monday, while offensive tackle Jalen McKenzie announced he was eligible to enter the NFL draft for an additional season. will leave.

Defensive line coach Vic Soto also announced in a social media post on Monday that he would not be hired as part of USC’s new staff.

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The four departing players are probably the start of big business under Lincoln Riley, as the new coach works to rebuild a roster of a team that fell to 4-8 this season, the worst record in 30 years.

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An entirely new employee might also work, as Riley had already brought a defensive coordinator (Alex Grinch) and receivers coach (Dennis Simmons) from Oklahoma with him. Tulsa offensive line coach Zach Hanson is expected to join the group as a tight end coach, while Oklahoma linebackers outside and defensive end coach Jamar Cain is also expected to join the USC staff.

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So’oto is the first of several subsidiaries to split from Leaflet in the coming days. In a post on social media, the defensive line coach wrote that he was “extremely excited for the next chapter of my career and the challenges ahead.”

“I am disappointed that I will not be able to complete the final year of my contract as the USC Trojans,” Soto wrote. “The peaks and valleys of this profession are what make it special.”

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