Lincoln Riley knows he needs to find an answer at the defensive coordinator position. Alex Grinch was fired from the position after his defense allowed the Washington Huskies to put up 52 points and almost 600 total yards of offense.

Overall, the Trojans have the No. 120 total defense in the nation, No. 121 rush defense, and No. 115 passing defense. They’ve allowed nearly 35 points per game this season, a mark that ranks 10th in the Pac-12.

On Monday, Riley spoke about the need to get the right person for the job heading into 2024. The coach knows that money won’t be an issue, considering he’s at USC.

Riley also stressed the importance of getting a coach that has “shown a consistent level of excellence.” This implies the team will not be in the running for any young up-and-comers.

As far as when the search will begin, Riley made it clear that he already has a list of potentials. He mentioned that “you always have people in mind for various positions.”

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