LOS ANGELES (CNS) - USC will hold an intrasquad spring football game on Saturday, April 23, giving Trojans fans their only chance to see new head coach Lincoln Riley at the helm before the regular season begins, the university announced today.
The scrimmage will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum starting at noon, and will be fans' only opportunity to watch the team practice. Spring practices begin March 22, but are otherwise closed to the public.
Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. for the scrimmage.
Trojan season-ticket holders and USC students will receive free tickets to the scrimmage, the school said. Tickets will also be available to the general public, with information in the coming weeks about how to obtain them.
The scrimmage will also be televised live on ESPN.
Riley, the former head coach at Oklahoma, was hired in November to revive the Trojans program. He replaced Clay Helton, who was fired Sept. 13, two days after a 42-28 loss to Stanford. Helton was 46-24 in four full seasons, along with the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season, parts of two others and a one-game stint as interim coach in 2013.
Riley was 55-10 in five seasons as the Sooners' coach, including Big 12 Conference championships in each of his first four seasons.
The Trojans will begin their regular season on Sept. 3, hosting Rice.