USC UCLA Football

Associated Press

USC quarterback Caleb Williams (left) gets a hug from head coach Lincoln Riley after USC defeated UCLA 48-45 on Nov. 19 in Pasadena. Riley and Williams have turned the program around.

LOS ANGELES — When Lincoln Riley took over Southern California’s four-win football program one year ago this week, the coach stood on the top rim of the Coliseum and boldly declared his Trojans should be competing for championships right away.

Riley chuckled Tuesday when he was reminded of that exhilarating time in his life after his shocking departure from Oklahoma, but he has no interest in gloating about just how right he turned out to be.

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