I would hesitate to respond to anything that starts with “Dan Patrick reported.” And Lane Kiffin denied Patrick’s report that Kiffin would hire Jeff Tedford. Considering there was a report Tedford turned down Colorado, I would be skeptical about him coming to USC. I hear Tedford might want to be an NFL assistant.
USC’s 7-5 is even more surprising when you consider the Trojans were relatively injury free this season. Other than kicker Andre Heidari, there were not really any key players that missed multiple games.
And the big preseason injury — defensive end Devon Kennard — was a non-issue with Morgan Breslin’s emergence. So without injuries, it just illustrates even more why coaching was so important this season.
Last weekend’s game between USC and Notre Dame was the highest-rated college football game on ABC since 2006 and fifth-most watched regular-season game on any network since 1991, when ratings started being kept by the networks.
The game averaged 16,059,000 viewers and drew a 9.4 rating. The 2006 game between No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan averaged 21,037,000 viewers and a 13.0 rating.
Some bowl projections have USC playing Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. Would an option offense just be one more thing to trouble the Trojans? Or does the fact Monte Kiffin coached at Nebraska in the early 1970’s make him an option expert?
We hear some interested candidates for the defensive coordinator are keeping a low profile until something is announced at USC regarding Monte Kiffin’s status. I’m sure former Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who I already mentioned might not even be considered considering his relationship with Jeff Tedford, is following developments.