Riley either wanted no piece of the SEC, or really likes beaches. Oklahoma could have and probably would have matched or beaten anything USC could have offered. But he's been recruiting Cali well and the Pac 12 if USC gets back to being dominant will provide a much easier path to the playoff, expanded or not.
Kelly is a top-five coach and he will have no excuse to not win national championships at LSU. He could not recruit all of the players he wanted at Notre Dame. That barrier simply won't exist at LSU. I don't get the geographical fit but winning cures all. Saban isn't a southerner by birth. Speaking of Nick, he and Kirby Smart are about to get big raises.
If Notre Dame knows it can get Fickell, and that would probably be my first choice, it can wait. I don't think he will do anything until after Cinci is out of the playoff. And he shouldn't, unlike Kelly.
A couple of other thoughts . . .
Is Texas really going to sit this one out?
Matt Campbell to Oklahoma maybe?
Don't be surprised at all if old friend Barry Odom winds up replacing Billy Napier at Louisiana.
I don't ever want to hear a Power 5 coach whine about transferring players ever again.
So much for COVID ushering in an era of responsible spending in college sports.
With LSU and USC both firing coaches way early and appearing to make good hires, prepare for that to become the trend in this copycat sport.