One of USC’s leaders this season was tight end/fullback Rhett Ellison, a first team special teams selection on the all-Pac-12 team. So it was even more ironic that during his senior year in high school, then-assistant coach Lane Kiffin recommended removing his scholarship offer.
The Pac-12 still has a ways to go despite its new TV deal and football title game. An example is the fact the Pac-12 does not hold its title game on a neutral field. That means the Pac-12 joins Conference USA holding its championship on a school’s home field.
This year more coaches are getting fired after only two years on the job as this Wall Street Journal article points out.
In today’s installment, it is worth noting that whoever UCLA hires as its next football coach, it is important not to make a snap decision on whether it is a good or bad hire. Remember there was an outcry against Pete Carroll when he got hired.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck remains first in this week’s Heisman Trophy poll of 57 actual voters. Matt Barkley is fifth. Full results after the jump:
Here are my final season grades for USC:
Here’s my story on looking at next season’s team and how the Trojans could still be a national power even if quarterback Matt Barkley declares for the NFL draft.
The team that won the Pac-12 South (USC) made its own T-shirts. The team that represents the South (UCLA) cannot get the Pac-12 to make a shirt.
And the general public, which wants to buy those USC shirts, can’t get one either. Time to place a call to Max Nikias.
A little less than two years ago, Jack Del Rio was in the mix during USC’s coaching search to replace Pete Carroll. But Del Rio did not want to forfeit money he was due from the Jacksonville Jaguars. So his chances dimmed and USC hired Lane Kiffin.
Two years later, Del Rio is out at Jacksonville and Kiffin’s comfortably placed at USC.
Back by popular demand, a forum that will probably focus on the UCLA coaching search. I mentioned Utah State coach Gary Andersen’s name on twitter because he might be one of those “realistic” choices that emerge after Boise State’s Chris Petersen says no.