Lots of different reader questions in this segment.
Q: TrojanChamp said:
USCFootball.com from Rivals.com reported that George Farmer threatened to transfer if he did not get to go back to playing wide receiver. What do you make of this? Is he unhappy at USC? Are you surprised?
A: I don’t think he threatened to transfer but he made it clear he wanted to play his natural spot. He said as much at the end of the season but Lane Kiffin did not want to move him. However, Farmer’s leverage increased with the departures of Kyle Prater and Brice Butler along with the 75-scholarship limit. I think it’s the right move for Farmer because he was unhappy at tailback.
Q: NOBS said:
Scott, what is your opinion as to why bRuin fans cannot accept the fact that their football program is inferior to USC? Sure, they beat us every so often, but they have 1/2 NC, 1 Heisman and lost its only BCS appearance over ten years ago. I don’t know of one SC alum that doesn’t admit, freely, that our basketball program is inferior to UCLA.
A: If they didn’t think they had a good football program, what fun would a rivalry be?
Q: gotroy22 said:
Now that Ucla has hired the Redskins’ Lou Spanos to be Bruins defensive coordinator, what is your collective take on their assistant coaching hires? Is this more of Toledo, Dorrell and Neuheisel mediocrity or should we be worried they may actually narrow the 50-0 gap in the coming seasons?
A: I think this staff is full of some good recruiters like Demetrice Martin and Adrian Klemm, which means they will compete more with USC for recruits than in recent seasons. But at the end of the day, I don’t think it will significantly impact USC’s recruiting. The 15-scholarship limit will be more significant.
Q: SCFTBL1 said:
What is going on with the spring game at the same time and date as Swim With Mike? Football has always been a good lead in to SWM but now it has become a rival. What does Mike Rae’s caddy doing about this situation and is he out to hurt SWM? I guess it’s the end of Song Girls in bathing suits because you can’t be in two places at once.
A: I think this is the result of Lane Kiffin not wanting to be flexible with the spring schedule. Kiffin needs to realize that things like Swim With Mike and the dual track meet with UCLA are big spring events and football should be able to adjust. And it reflects on some poor planning that plagued the dept. lately, like the failure to give out all the Harold Miner bobbleheads at the UCLA game.
Q: LambdaChiTrojan said:
Scott, who would you recommend USC hire to replace Kevin O’Neill with? (One can dream, right?) Do you think he’s the right coach for the job?
A: I believe O’Neill deserves at least one more season with the players he is bringing in next season. If the job ever opens up, I still think it’s worth pursuing Jamie Dixon.
Q: marvgoux said:
Did our trouncing Sunday end our chances with SC legacy Shabazz Muhammad? Rivals.com lists his interest in SC as low now. Is Shabazz the kind of athlete who wants to be part of a great recruiting class like Arizona is putting together or is he the kind who wants to have a program built around him?
A: USC is legitimately involved with Shabazz Muhammad. I’m not sure why so many media/recruiting services do not want to acknowledge this. I know his father, Ron Holmes, has said USC’s record this season is not going to be a factor in his decision.
Just to be clear, I’m not saying USC is going to get Muhammad. But I think they are in the mix.