USC WR Jordan Addison describes being ‘drugged in the mud’ while addressing controversial Pitt transfer

USC has made headlines throughout the offseason for its acquisition of big-name transfers, but none have generated more controversy than former Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison. Now, as the reigning Biletnikoff winner prepares for his junior season as a member of the Trojans, he seems determined to use the firestorm of the past few months as fuel.

“I really feel like I got a little drugged in the mud with the media,” Addison told local reporters in his first media encounter since his transfer. “But I like being an underdog, and I’m always going to win. So I feel like it’s going to be a great story at the end.”

Addison’s transfer decision prompted Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi to make angry phone calls to USC coach Lincoln Riley for alleged tampering, according to ESPN. Then, reports circulated that Addison was unhappy with his name, image, and likeness after arriving at USC.

But the 6-foot speedster and potential 2023 NFL first-round pick said there was “just a feeling I had” about USC that guided him through the offseason. chaos during which his name remained prevalent in the sports news cycle.

“It was frustrating, but I wasn’t too worried because the truth always comes out,” Addison said. “I know what my focus and intention is. So this is all just outside noise.”

Addison became one of the stars of the sport in 2021 while amassing 100 catches for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns as he helped lead Pittsburgh to a surprise ACC championship. He decided to transfer just around the May 1 deadline for players to enter the portal and receive immediate eligibility.

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“They say it’s a business, so sometimes you have to make decisions for yourself,” Addison said.

His USC pick came after the Trojans also landed other offensive stars such as Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams and Oregon running back Travis Dye, who he will team up with in 2022. as the Trojans look for a quick turnaround in Riley’s first season after a 4-8 debacle in 2021.

But even though his former coach made it clear he was unhappy with how Addison’s departure went, the star receiver indicated he was staying out of the war of words involving Narduzzi.

“I didn’t do any of that. I knew where my focus was and what I was trying to do for my life, at least in my family,” Addison said. “So I didn’t think I really needed to go back and talk to them. Whatever they have to say, they can say it. I thank them for even giving me the opportunity to play in this prestigious institution, but everything is fine now though.”

As for what lies ahead, Addison said he loves the creativity of USC’s offense and credited the team’s busy reception room with helping him transition to a new program.

“They came with me and brought me under their wing,” Addison said. “Going to war with each other. We’ve been out there, on this pitch, running sprints, doing what we need to do to prepare for the season. I feel like I can stick with them.”

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