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Jordan Addison’s transfer portal rumors USC link calls for calls from Pat Narduzzi to Lincoln Riley: report

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Rumors of Pittsburgh star receiver Jordan Addison potentially entering the NCAA transfer portal engulfed the college football world over the weekend.

Addison reportedly had until May 1 to decide whether to enter the transfer portal, but it did not appear he had entered when the deadline came and went.

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Pat Narduzzi, head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers, against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Knoxville.

Pat Narduzzi, head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers, 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 dissatisfaction with the idea that Addison would commit to the school when it was rumored to be a potential destination, ESPN reported Friday. Pittsburgh officials allegedly suspect that USC may have manipulated.

A return to Pittsburgh, according to the report, is still an option for Addison. In order for Addison to be eligible to play the 2022 season without a dispensation, he had to enter the transfer portal before May 1st. Depending on that, he would have to sit out all season.

Narduzzi’s reported anger at Riley seemed to be 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 get off the hook and blamed the process on “back channels”.

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

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

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

College football coaches have expressed concern about the lack of rules regarding name, image and similarity (NIL) and the transfer portal.

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

New USC football coach Lincoln Riley speaks at 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 similarity was that players could use their name, image and similarity to create opportunities for themselves. That was what it was,” Saban said. “So last year, on our team, our guys probably earned as much or more than anyone else in the country.”

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NIL appointments have been merged with recruitment with the college transfer portal, which is hotter than ever.

“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 do not know. And you can also get players to come on the transfer portal to see if they can get more somewhere else than they can come to you. “

Saban said he supported players being compensated, but added that there is a problem with players being able to move freely from school to school without consequences.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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