And even more Friday Night answers.
Q: October 25, 2010 9:40 PM
Scott, I know it’s just a guess, but yours is better than ours. What are the percentage chances of our appeal being successful, and when do you think we will know? Thank you.
A: I would say the appeal’s got about a 30 percent chance of being successful. Its success will depend on whether the NCAA warms to the fact Max Nikias and Pat Haden are running things now. That reminds me that Steven Sample deserves some criticism too because he often sat back and did little to make sure the athletic dept. did more than appear hostile toward the NCAA. Ultimately, that hurt the university.
Q: Trojan Conquest said:
With Kiffin’s positive comments about Oregon’s offense and looking at going to the spread more in the future, do you think he’s warming to the idea of a running QB after Barkley, or just spreading it around to more receivers and no fullback?
A: Jesse Scroggins is a running quarterback so he would be natural for the spread. Max Wittek from Mater Dei can also run the spread because of the Monarchs’ offense. I think he’s looking at it more from a personnel standpoint but I still think we’re a ways off from it being implemented. He prefers a pro-style offense.
Q: sanchize6 said:
What I don’t understand is that since the Garrett firing PH has been bemoaning for all that will listen “we need to win the right way”
If I recall we had 1 rogue player who went behind the collective back of his university, team, and fans. While Alabama, Florida State, North Carolina, insert your big time program … who committed violations with some degree of university knowledge, never publicly criticize their own.
In addition what has he accomplished, if I remember correctly his biggest accomplishment is firing Chad Krueter. Shouldn’t whatever success that USC earns with its current coaches in all sports be attributed to Garrett as opposed to Pat Haden AKA “the anointed one?”
A: Haden’s comments about winning the right way are directed toward the NCAA. By showing contrition, maybe the NCAA will be sympathetic toward the appeal. USC is trying to improve its relations with the NCAA, which were pretty sour when Mike Garrett was athletic director.
I think if current coaches are successful, Mike Garrett deserves credit for that. He hired them. But his undoing were his comments regarding the NCAA sanctions. And that’s where Haden is trying to repair things.