Jordan Addison transfer portal rumors, USC link invites Pat Narduzzi to Lincoln Riley: report


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Rumors that Pittsburgh star receiver Jordan Addison could enter the NCAA transfer portal engulfed the college football world over the weekend.

Addison reportedly had until May 1 to decide whether or not to enter the transfer portal, but it doesn’t appear that he entered as the deadline came and went.

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Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Knoxville.
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Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi called USC coach Lincoln Riley to express his displeasure that Addison would commit to the school amid rumors she was a potential destination, ESPN reported Friday. Pittsburgh officials reportedly suspected USC of tampering.

A return to Pittsburgh is still an option for Addison, according to the report. For Addison to be eligible to play the 2022 season without a waiver, he would need to enter the transfer portal before May 1. After that, he should be out for the whole season.

Narduzzi’s reported anger toward Riley seemed to be in a different tone than what he said about Brian Kelly and Notre Dame’s alleged attempt to lure Kenny Pickett away from Pittsburgh in 2021, Trojans Wire noted. In February, Narduzzi apparently let Kelly off the hook and blamed the process on “side channels.”

Jordan Addison of the Pittsburgh Panthers makes a catch against the Michigan State Spartans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jordan Addison of the Pittsburgh Panthers makes a catch against the Michigan State Spartans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Addison was a consensus All-American and the winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award in 2021 after a stellar season. He had 100 catches for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns.

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Riley ran away from Oklahoma to USC and soon after, Sooners quarterback Caleb Williams followed him.

College football coaches have expressed concern over the lack of name, image and likeness (NIL) and transfer portal regulations.

New USC football head coach Lincoln Riley speaks during a press conference at the 1923 Club at the Los Angeles Coliseum on November 29, 2021.

New USC football head coach Lincoln Riley speaks during a press conference at the 1923 Club at the Los Angeles Coliseum on November 29, 2021.
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Alabama coach Nick Saban told The Associated Press last month that the NCAA’s current way of doing business is unsustainable.

“The concept of name, image and likeness was that players could use their name, image and likeness to create opportunities for themselves. That’s what it was,” Saban said. “So last year on our team, our guys probably won as much or more than anybody in the country.”

Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young had a sponsorship deal with a local BMW dealership, Jameson Williams had a deal with Bose, and Kool-Aid McKinstry signed a deal with Kool-Aid.

NIL offers have been closely linked to recruitment with the hotter than ever college transfer portal.

“But it creates a situation where you can basically buy players,” Saban added. “You can do that by recruiting. I mean, if that’s what we want college football to be, I don’t know. And you can also get players into the transfer portal to see if they can. getting more from them can happen to you.”

Saban said he supported player compensation, but added there was an issue with players being free to move between schools without repercussions.

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“We now have an NFL model without a contract, but everyone has free agency,” he said. “It’s good that the players get the money. I totally agree. I’m not against it. But there also has to be some responsibility on both sides, what you could call a contract .So that you have the opportunity to develop people in a way that will help them succeed.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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