Adoree Jackson’s electrifying performance against Notre Dame had to play a major role in winning the Thorpe Award on Thursday. But it is debatable how much of his defensive play really clinched it. Some argued there were several better cornerbacks in the Pac-12. Jackson gave up six TD passes this season. But USC is USC. And when you perform in the big games, you can win a major award. As I said above during the Notre Dame game.
USC played Penn State in the 1923 Rose Bowl, which was the first bowl game in school history. The Trojans were selected for the game, despite finishing behind and losing during the regular season to California, because the Golden Bears did not want to make a post-season trip to Pasadena three years in a row.
Can you imagine Cal doing that today? Or even making a Rose Bowl?
USC cornerback Adoree Jackson was a first-team All-American on the Walter Camp team today. Jackson made the second team as a kick returner. Now this is real All-American team, unlike the Madness team yesterday.
Lynwood cornerback Wylan Free announced via twitter he was no longer committed to USC. Free had been offered by Utah, BYU, Utah State, Hawaii and Boise State before picking USC. So, one naturally wonders, whether he chose to decommit or was nudged elsewhere by the coaches?
USA Today reports Houston will hire Lane Kiffin as its next coach, pending approval today from the school president. Kiffin obviously wanted to be a head coach ever since USC fired him in 2013.
But this is a curious move because Houston’s overachieved under Tom Herman but been no guarantee for success. The Cougars were 21-17 in the four years before Herman. Imagine going from Herman, a rising star, to Kiffin if you are a Houston fan. Kiffin’s problem is that he has never been a leader of men. Players at USC often shook their head at his style. Is Houston his final chance to be a head coach?
Meanwhile, so much for Ed Orgeron’s plan to hire Kiffin as his offensive coordinator at LSU.
So how did David Sills, who committed to USC while in junior high, do at El Camino College this season? He passed for 1,636 yards in 10 games, which is 163.6 yards per game, threw 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. El Camino was 4-6. Is Ricky Town waiting in the wings?
Adoree Jackson was named a first-team All-American by the Sporting News. Also today, something came out today called College Sports Madness All-American team. Jackson and offensive tackle Zach Banner were first-team selections. It’s madness all right.
The question is whether USC actually counts this Madness All-American team, as they prefer to be called, when deciding who gets a plaque at the McKay Center.