The countdown to next season has started for Lincoln Riley

Monday, January 16 was the two-week mark since the USC Trojans’ season ended in heartbreaking fashion in the Cotton Bowl.

Everything looked like it would be a USC victory until the defense broke down and Tulane came roaring back. The dust has somewhat settled after a gut-wrenching way to end Lincoln Riley’s first season as USC head coach.

Despite the sour taste in their mouths, Riley and the Trojans are back to work, and the head coach and his staff will work tirelessly to figure things out.

Here’s what Riley said while addressing the team in a hype video that has everybody wishing it was September of 2023 already:

“We’re gonna put a plan together for this team to go get what was left out there, that we left hanging out the year before … Clock is ticking. The countdown to next season already started.”

The clock is ticking, and Riley said it perfectly.

The good news is that a lot of the key pieces will return in 2023, with Caleb Williams being the biggest one.

The Trojans have been active in the transfer portal and landed a number of players already, including Arizona WR Dorian Singer, who will essentially fill the void left by Jordan Addison.

The countdown has already started for his preparation, along with the rest of the Trojans heading into spring ball.

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Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire