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USC WR Jordan Addison has blunt response to tampering allegations

Jordan Addison warming up

Sep 18, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) warms up before the game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Addison transferred from Pittsburgh to USC this offseason amid accusations of tampering, and offered a simple response to those questioning the motive behind his decision.

Addison, last season’s Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s top wide receiver, departed for Southern California under some suspicion that he was leaving Pitt for name, image and likeness deals.

While speaking to reporters on Thursday for the first time since transferring to USC, Addison strongly rebuked the notion that his choice to transfer to USC was due to monetary reasons.

“Just some BS,” Addison said via Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the Los Angeles Times. “But I mean, the truth always going to come to light, so I just make sure I’m just going to keep working and make sure I’m ready for the season.”

In May, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi took a shot at Addison over Addison’s entry into the transfer portal. He felt that USC head coach Lincoln Riley was actively recruiting Addison. Riley took exception to Narduzzi’s accusations, and indicated that Addison’s transfer was only football-motivated.

Addison seemed to corroborate what Riley said when speaking to ESPN’s Paolo Uggetti in May at Steve Clarkson’s quarterbacks retreat in Santa Monica, Calif. The 20-year-old told Uggetti that his decision had to do with the opportunity to bring his game to new heights. Addison said the Trojans showed him the improvements he could make to become even better.

Addison had 100 catches for 1,593 yards and 17 receiving touchdowns last season. With a talented quarterback in Caleb Williams at the helm for the Trojan offense this season, Addison could be in line for another fantastic year.

All-American WR shares why he chose to transfer to USC

Jordan Addison warming up

Sep 18, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) warms up before the game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The USC Trojans landed multiple transfers this offseason under new head coach Lincoln Riley. The most recent transfer they attracted was All-American wide receiver Jordan Addison, who chose to leave Pitt for the Trojans.

Addison was the Biletnikoff Award winner at Pitt last year but said Saturday he chose to transfer after the Panthers lost some coaches.

Why did he choose USC? He liked the Trojans’ pitch to him.

ESPN’s Paolo Uggetti spoke with Addison at Steve Clarkson’s quarterbacks retreat on Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif. and learned more about the receiver’s decision.

“A lot of people think like, you won a Biletnikoff, so how much can you get better?” Addison said via ESPN. “But they showed me that I got a lot of improvements to do within my game, how I need to get better and how to maximize my game.”

That Riley sure is a heck of a salesman after convincing Addison he can do much more.

Addison had 100 catches for 1,593 yards and 17 receiving touchdowns last season. Although Addison did not mention it, quarterback Kenny Pickett’s departure for the NFL likely influenced his decision to transfer. Addison probably wanted to play with a top quarterback, which USC appears to have in Caleb Williams.

All-American WR announces transfer destination

Jordan Addison warming up

Sep 18, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) warms up before the game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

All-American wide receiver Jordan Addison has a new home out west.

Addison announced Thursday that he will transfer from Pitt to USC, where he will play under coach Lincoln Riley. Addison thanked his coaches and teammates at Pitt in a statement, but said he would “continue my full development as a student athlete” with the Trojans.

Addison is a big get for USC. The reigning Biletnikoff winner was an All-American in 2021, he caught 17 touchdowns and tallied 1,593 receiving yards as a sophomore for the Panthers last season. He will have a chance to at least match those numbers in Riley’s high-powered offense with quarterback Caleb Williams throwing to him.

While Addison’s decision is not a big shock, it will definitely sting for Pitt. That’s especially true considering it sounds like the school already had some concerns about what may have gone on between USC and Addison before the wide receiver even entered the portal.

Pitt transfer Jordan Addison reportedly down to 2 schools

Jordan Addison warming up

Sep 18, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) warms up before the game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Addison is reportedly close to deciding where he will play next season.

The Pitt wide receiver has narrowed his list of destinations to two, according to Jordan Schultz of Boardroom. USC and Texas are the two schools vying for Addison.

Addison would be a big get for either school. A consensus All-American, he caught 17 touchdowns and tallied 1,593 receiving yards as a sophomore for the Panthers in 2021. He decided to enter the transfer portal last month and has been pursued by a number of other top programs that did not make the final cut.

Pitt is already pretty annoyed about Addison’s pending departure. They’ll be even angrier if he winds up at USC, at least according to Pat Narduzzi’s reported reaction to the transfer rumors.

Pitt star WR transfer working out with notable QB

Jordan Addison warming up

Sep 18, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) warms up before the game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pitt wide receiver Jordan Addison is the subject of a lot of attention after entering the transfer portal earlier in the week. The reigning Biletnikoff Award winner’s ultimate destination is a mystery, but there may be one hint about who is in the picture.

Addison has been working out in Southern California as he makes his transfer decision. However, he has been privately working with Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, according to a report from The Athletic.

Addison has not been heavily linked to Alabama. However, if he is working out with the school’s quarterback, the situation is probably worth keeping an eye on. The Crimson Tide are always a potential factor when it comes to the nation’s top players, and Addison certainly qualifies after catching 17 touchdowns and earning consensus All-American honors in 2021.

Addison’s decision to leave Pitt has certainly bothered some at the school, but it is clear he’ll have a lot of quality options in the portal. Alabama might be one of them, and that kind of opportunity is hard to ignore.

Pat Narduzzi takes shot at Jordan Addison over transfer

Pat Narduzzi in a Pitt shirt

Oct 5, 2019; Durham, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi looks on before the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Pittsburgh Panthers defeated the Duke Blue Devils 33-30. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Narduzzi is not hiding his displeasure with wide receiver Jordan Addison’s entry into the transfer portal.

Narduzzi used the example of Pitt quarterback Kedon Slovis to take a shot at Addison, who entered the portal earlier this week. Narduzzi said Slovis used the transfer portal the “right way” in his move to Pitt from USC, in contrast with Addison.

“He wasn’t looking for a payday. He was looking for the right place to be, with a great culture,” Narduzzi said of Slovis, via Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “He’s a guy who actually went into the portal the real way, the right way. He had a lot of opportunities with name, image and likeness, but I think he was looking for the right fit. He was looking for the right personnel.”

Narduzzi did not mention Addison by name, but it’s not tough to see this as a shot at the wide receiver. Addison entered the transfer portal earlier in the week, and reports suggested that Narduzzi was furious with one rival coach in particular over that.

Ultimately, players are entitled to pursue what they value by entering the portal, even if that is related to name, image, and likeness. That is obviously going to bother Narduzzi when it happens at his team’s expense.

Report: Pat Narduzzi furious with Lincoln Riley over reported transfer

Pat Narduzzi in a Pitt shirt

Oct 5, 2019; Durham, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi looks on before the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Pittsburgh Panthers defeated the Duke Blue Devils 33-30. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The overhaul of NCAA rules regarding transfers and NIL rights has led to a lot of new issues for coaches to deal with. It may also spark at least one high-level coaching feud.

Reports indicated Friday that Pitt wide receiver Jordan Addison is considering a transfer, with USC among the All-American’s potential destinations. Addison had 100 catches for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.

The potential loss of Addison led Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi to make several calls to USC coach Lincoln Riley to express his displeasure, according to Pete Thamel of ESPN.

Pitt officials believe tampering may have occurred with Addison. Such charges would be difficult to prove, but they are likely fueling the anger from Pitt toward Riley and USC.

Riley has aggressively retooled the USC program since taking over as coach at the end of last season. That, combined with how he has conducted himself since the move, has made him some enemies, and Narduzzi may be one of them going forward.