There is a misconception that USC spent the first few months of the Lincoln Riley era pulling a gold bus across the country and buying college football stars at every stop. As of 2/5, Trojan ranked second on Sports 247′ Switching team ratings, but most of those student-athletes were easily replaceable gears in their previous program’s permanent grinding gears. They will just put some four-star recruits into the lineup without keeping an eye on them. More than 90% of USC transfers are seniors or fresh graduates hoping to transfer themselves to the second or third day of the 2023 Draft. The only one other than quarterback Caleb Williams, who tracked Riley from Oklahoma.
However, USC’s alleged pursuit of a player who wasn’t even in the transfer portal ignited Pittsburgh’s inferiority complex and became the latest bullet point for those who believe the NIL era is a downfall for college football. Whenever a standout player looks for greener items, the entire fan base will flock to a bottle of Jim Beam. That moment may have come for the Pittsburgh Panthers involving Jordan Addison.
It’s now commonly known that Pittsburgh’s junior recipient is considering taking his talent to Venice Beach and joining Riley at USC. Although he is yet to officially enter the transfer portal, he has until the May 1 deadline to submit a written request to enter the portal and transfer without giving up in order to qualify. Fall. The school has two days to complete the paperwork, which will make his admission official on Tuesday.
Not many players of Addison’s caliber are left out after a season where they aggregated 100 touches, 1,593 metres, 17 touches. He is expected to defend his Biletnikoff title and become a first choice next year. From Addison’s perspective, his stock has never been higher, but he is losing his starting quarterback to Kenny Pickett, who arrived at the Steelers in the first round of last week’s draft, as well as coaching. his wide-ranging cashier, who had left for Texas. And because he plays in the rut at Pitt, he is highly rated behind lower-yielding collectors in 2021.
Addison finished the season as the 98th-ranked player on On3 NIL 100 with a NIL Valuation of $139K, but rated under a wide range of receivers from Ohio State, Alabama, Penn State, Texas A&M, Texas, and Florida State. Dozens of players watch their draft stock plummet based on arbitrary factors each year. You can’t blame Addison for wanting to maximize his earnings now and protect his draft stock by finding a more capable quarterback. The fury over Addison’s USC rumors is understandable, but it also reflects what college coaches have been doing for years for their own personal gain, jumping from show to show. .
However, his coach Pat Narduzzi made Addison and USC very upset by reported to be dialing Riley to confront him with allegations that he personally was involved in the recruitment of Addison, which was impossible. At the same time, Pitt officials were spreading rumors that USC had forged by recruiting Addison with NIL powder before he even entered the portal. Addison’s visit to Los Angeles last week turned up the plot tenfold. The reports of $3 million in NIL . transactions His $179k valuation has his mind blown, but this is the free market. You are underpaid until you are overpaid. There is really no middle point.
Narduzzi and Pitt’s jealousy was expressed by dozens of coaches around the country. Pitt’s season 11-3 was like a breakout year they were able to build after six years of spending their energy dancing on a pin and barely qualifying for the bowling games. Addison’s transfer, coupled with Pickett’s graduation, will be a double punch in the gut. Pitt sponsorship collectives are not willing to make that powder for a single player, unlike USC. That’s where Narduzzi’s disappointment should lie, not with Riley.
While Narduzzi practices impressions with his Detective Benoit Blanc and criticizes Riley as a fake suspect, there’s a lot of doubt that DMV native Caleb Williams is the one to turn his back on Addison. Either way, Narduzzi’s outrage has been focused on Riley, who has been a swindler for coaches around the country since Williams followed his trail to USC.
As painful as this transition can be for veteran coaches, they will have to face the reality that this is a level playing field with what the players look like. Pitt and Panthers fans may have a hard time losing Addison, college coaches have been doing this for decades but the sport is still alive and well. If USC is interested in Narduzzi as a coach and offers him a raise, he will be on the first private jet to LA.
This sport has always been cuter than Vito Corleone. Remember how hard it was for non-Power Five conference programs to let their program architects get poached by larger schools, then watch many of them get dropped. and get acquired when they can’t replicate that formula? What Addison is doing is no worse than Brian Kelly negotiating a deal with LSU during the off-season. These powerful and powerful coaches need to keep that in mind the next time an athletic director or executive search company comes in with an offer they can’t refuse.