I announce my choices to start at linebacker and offer some insight into Mike Garrett’s thought process on a coaching hire in this segment.
Q: briankeithedwards said:
If you had to predict who will be the starting linebacker for the 2010-2011 season?
A: When Lane Kiffin was asked this question after the season, he said he did not know. But I will take a stab at it. I think Chris Galippo starts in the middle and Devon Kennard starts at the strongside spot. That leaves the weakside linebacker position. Hayes Pullard will be a candidate. But I think Tre Madden will start, unless USC signs a JC linebacker in February. I think Madden is capable of stepping in and playing right away and intelligent enough to learn the defense in training camp.
Q: The Ghost of John McKay said:
Is it true that when Mike Garrett interviewed Kevin O’Neill for the head coaching job at USC he held up a soccer ball, a volleyball and a basketball and when O’Neill picked the basketball he was offered the job? Is it also true that Garrett had no idea which ball was the basketball, he supposedly thought it was a “funny looking pumpkin” and a staffer had to write ” basketball” on the backside of the ball so Garrett would know which ball was the correct one?
A: I can tell you that Mike Garrett did not seek out Kevin O’Neill but had O’Neill brought to him by one of his subordinates. And even after that, Garrett needed to be convinced to hire O’Neill in some heated conversations with his aides. Believe it or not, some wanted Reggie Theus. After O’Neill enjoyed a successful start to the season, we even heard Garrett resented those who recommended O’Neill. That’s the mentality that existed within Heritage Hall.