Time to get back to answering some questions.
Q: sobayquail said:
It seems to me that there are a number of successful college baseball coaches out there with proven records. How’s chances of SC picking up someone like the USD coach? Looks like Oregon has turned it around in only the second year of playing the game although they too hired a known college coach.
A: If you conduct a normal coaching search, you will find a qualified candidate most of the time. That was not done when Mike Gillespie got fired. George Horton was interested in the USC job but USC never contacted him. So he went to Oregon and already has the program on the rise.
Q: Sam Gilbert said:
So far Pete Carroll has brought LenDale White, Mike Williams, Anthony McCoy, Josh Pinkard, Will Harris and Jeff Byers to the Seahawks. In addition to Lofa Tatupu, Lawrence Jackson, Tom Malone and Ryan Powdrell that makes ten of his former players on the team.
The dynamic between coach and player is much different in the NFL than college football.
Do you think the history between the coach and the players help or hurt their success in the NFL?
A: I think it’s a mixed bag. It helps the player to go to a coach who knows their talents. But what if it would have been better for someone to go to a team that had a bigger need at their position instead of playing for their former coach? It might help Stafon Johnson in the long run to get away from Pete Carroll, who never really utilized him properly anyways.
Q: miguelito said:
what happens to Kiffen if he loses to both UCLA and Notre Dame this year? (games not being very competitive)
A: He will be extremely unpopular with the fans. That’s part of the pressure from replacing Pete Carroll, who was 16-2 against the archrivals.