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Lincoln Riley, USC Make Hiring of Kliff Kingsbury Official

Kliff Kingsbury has officially been named a senior offensive analyst at USC, head coach Lincoln Riley announced Tuesday.

“We’re excited to officially welcome Kliff to our coaching staff and add another outstanding football mind to our program,” said Riley, in a statement via the university’s team site.

This obviously links up a pair of Texas Tech alums and two individuals with ties to No. 1 overall draft picks.

“Kingsbury, who was part of the team that drafted Kyler Murray at No. 1 overall, now will coach another potential No. 1 pick in Caleb Williams,” stated Tom Pelissero in a report on the development Monday evening.


It also becomes a bit of a full circle moment for Kingsbury, who briefly joined the Trojans as offensive coordinator after getting fired as head coach at Texas Tech back in 2018. But after spending just a matter of weeks in Southern California, the Arizona Cardinals hired him as their head coach.

Kingsbury spent four seasons coaching the Cardinals, but was unable to expand upon one playoff berth in the 2021 season. His squad, which narrowly missed out on the playoffs back in 2020, stumbled to a 4-13 record in this most recent 2022 campaign.

Before all that, Kingsbury compiled a 35-40 record at his alma mater. His best season in Lubbock was a 7-6 finish in 2015.

As mentioned, Kingsbury inherited former Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. Riley, of course, coached Murray during his Heisman run back during the 2018 season.

So, the connection makes a whole lot of sense on a number of levels. And we’ll all see in the coming days just how well the two mesh in the sunny city of Los Angeles.

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