Last night’s BCS title game in South Florida reminded me that eight years ago Nick Saban stood on the sideline and spoke to Pete Carroll before USC defeated Oklahoma, 55-19 in the same stadium.
Carroll is now in the NFL. And Saban is the college legend. But more important, that was Norm Chow’s final game as offensive coordinator and I wrote for several years that USC would not win another national title without him.
Let’s return to today: Do you see USC winning another national title in the near future?
It seemed like an almost safe bet in August. But we all saw what happened after that. After this season, I’m not sure how much talent USC needs to win a title. Carroll often won with overwhelming talent.
But I would argue under the current leadership, the talent gap needs to be even greater. And I’m not sure that is possible with only 15 scholarships. I should that even if USC had 85 scholarships I don’t think the Trojans would be serious national title contenders the way the program is currently run.
With some changes here and there, I see it. But not right now. I didn’t think USC would win a title without Chow. What are the odds without Carroll AND Chow? Like I said, some changes need to occur and hiring a top-notch defensive coordinator is a must.