Here we go on the NCAA question-and-answer go round.
Q: Peter Parker said:
Should USC fire Todd McNair since he seems like a important figure in the Reggie Bush case and since he was banned in the sanctions not to recruit for a year? Having him on the coaching staff would be a bad idea and he is hurting recruiting for the team since he will be unable to recruit, it is better to have a new coach who can recruit instead one who is unable to and maybe hated by fans.
A: It seems to me that USC’s put itself in a corner regarding this situation. It vigourously defended McNair in the school report and if it now fires him, it seems to contradict its current position. There’s also plenty of speculation that USC would not fire him — or did not previously — because it was worried he might reveal a lot more things than the NCAA already found out.
Q: MRSAM said:
Besides last year when USC won nine games, USC under Pete Caroll would go to a BCS game for seven consecutive years. Following Pete Carroll is a tough job and the sanction make it a tougher job for a head coach. With the sanctions on postseason ban and recruiting hurting USC recruiting and play, how many years do you think Lane Kiffin will get before he is fired if USC struggles? Does Lane Kiffin get a pass for the first three seasons?
A: I’d say he gets a partial pass. He will not be expected to win like Carrolll especially with the scholarship reduction. But if his teams play sloppy or disorganized, then there will probably not be much sympathy. Above and beyond these issues is another: Who will be the athletic director in 2-3 years? If it is Mike Garrett, then Kiffin might get more latitude. If it is a new person from the outside, things could be different.