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USC’s Lincoln Riley Seems Afraid of Brian Kelly

When USC and LSU take the field opening weekend in Las Vegas it’ll surely draw one of the biggest tv-audiences of the entire season.

Two traditional powerhouses starting the year out with a big-time opponent, why wouldn’t it?

Despite the appeal of two bluebloods meeting, USC has tried to get the game removed from the schedule.

According to a report by Saturday Down South:

USC tried for nearly 2 years to find a way out of a contract to play LSU in Las Vegas because Trojans coach Lincoln Riley didn’t want the game, multiple sources told Saturday Down South.

According to the report, Riley went as far as to ask his agent Trace Armstrong, who also happens to be LSU head coach Brian Kelly’s agent, to get help in getting Kelly to let USC out of the game.

No such luck for Lincoln as the game is still on for Sunday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Don’t get it confused, just because we’re a site that covers Notre Dame doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate what USC does annually away from their conference.  USC has always played an impressive schedule.  Regardless of the Pac 12’s (or 10 or 8) strength in a given year, USC has always kept their annual rivalry with Notre Dame on the schedule as well as usually played another traditionally strong foe.

Alabama, Texas, and BYU have all been scheduled for by USC in the last decade so scheduling tough competition outside of the conference is nothing new to the Trojans.

It’s just something their current head coach seems to have no interest in continuing.

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