USC WR Jordan Addison describes being ‘stuff through the mud’ while addressing controversial transfer from Pitt

USC WR Jordan Addison describes being ‘stuff through the mud’ while addressing controversial transfer from Pitt

USC made headlines throughout the offseason for its acquisition of big name transfers, but none brought 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 appears intent on using the firestorm of the past few months as fuel.

“I definitely feel like I’ve gotten my fill through the mud a little bit with the media,” Addison told local reporters in his first meeting with the media since the transfer. “But I like being the underdog and I’m always going to come out on top. So I feel like it’s going to be a great story in the end.”

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

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

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

Addison became one of the sport’s breakout stars in 2021 as he racked up 100 catches for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns as he helped lead Pittsburgh to a surprise ACC championship. He decided to transfer right around the May 1 deadline for players to enter the portal and receive instant eligibility.

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

His choice of USC 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 seek a quick turnaround in Riley’s first season after a 4-8- debacle in 2021.

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

“I didn’t do any of that. I knew where my focus is and what I’m trying to do for my life, at least in my family,” Addison said. “So I didn’t really think I needed to go back and talk to them. Whatever they had to say, they can say it. I appreciate them giving me the opportunity to play at that prestigious institution, but it’s good now although.”

As for what’s ahead, Addison said he likes the creativity of USC’s offense and credited the team’s loaded receiver room with helping his transition to a new program.

“They walked me in and took me under their wing,” Addison said. “We go to war with each other. We’ve been out, out on that field, running sprints, doing what we have to do to prepare for the season. I feel like I can hang with them guys.”

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