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Saturday Down South reported this week that Southern Cal "tried for nearly two years" to get out of the 2024 season opener vs. LSU in Las Vegas scheduled for this September.

The matchup was first announced by both schools in 2021.

According to the report, the Trojans offered other opponents to LSU, and Fox Sports also intervened to help them bail out.

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.

As late as last fall, after Jen Cohen was hired away from Washington to be the new USC athletic director, the USC administration was still trying to get out of the game, including offering other opponents to LSU, sources said.

At one point, Fox Sports got involved and tried to further the process. The network wasn’t enamored with the idea of USC’s first game as a Big Ten member broadcast by rival ABC/ESPN.

“They weren’t getting out of the game,” a source told SDS.
According to the report, sports agent Trace Armstrong, who represents Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly, also got involved, but Kelly and LSU weren't having it.
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Spankum23 days
I don’t blame Riley one bit for not wanting to play our damn strong football team in his season opener. Frankly, that hasn’t worked out too well for us either over the past few years.
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KING NOLA25 days
You know what’s soooo f’ing funny? I remember a lot of y’all was so butt hurt when Lincoln Riley picked USC over LSU. At the time I said he was a coward moving all the way to the West Coast to avoid the SEC so this move by Riley didn’t surprise me one bit, it’s what cowards do.
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Solo Cam25 days
Bulletin board material for USC. Better win.
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Mouth25 days
same goes for CBK and LSU.. he stood in there and didn't back down. the team has to back him up.
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Cracker25 days
Jinx us now we have been doing great in openers
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demtigers7325 days
Beat that azz! Pain comin!
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Dmm25 days
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GeauxTigers010725 days
CBK: Nahhh...come take this arse whippin'
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Davy25 days
We’ve been waiting since ‘03 to embarrass these cowards.
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cctiger6025 days
Lol after that arse whipping he got in the 2019 Peach bowl ya can't much blame him
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KennabraTiger25 days
Lincoln Riley is such a frickin pussy
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Geaux Guy25 days
Seems like a ‘sissy blue’ trap
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eddieray25 days
Exactly what I was thinking.
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ATLSUfan25 days
None of this matters is they beat us , but if we whip them this becomes all hilarious
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So Lincoln DEFINITELY left OU because was scared shitless of the SEC. Got it.
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kciDAtaE26 days
Dang. They gonna kick our shite in now
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Deke26 days
Have they seen our last 4 season openers? Why would they want out?
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OU812ME226 days
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OU81226 days
What is up with your name?
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salty126 days
If you scared, go to church.
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Doesn't have his pink iPhone fingernail wearing QB that shares his fear of the SEC anymore
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Shaq4prez26 days
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danilo26 days
Hope Coach Eaux is there!
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SDwhodat26 days
What a difference from the Pete Carroll years. I will have no problem if he bolts to another job.
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