ESPNU Offers Some Potential Coaching Candidates For USC Basketball

ESPNU flashed a list of West Coast assistant coaches — Bob Cantu, Rick Croy (St. Mary’s), Ray Giacoletti (Gonzaga), Joe Pasternack (Arizona) — that it said could be good candidates for the USC job.

But doesn’t USC merit a more ambitious plan than looking at assistant coaches? Why not pursue St. Mary’s head coach Randy Bennett instead of Croy?

Winners And Losers Of The Week

Who is up? Who is down? Time for our weekly status check.

Winners

Clancy Pendergast: Asserted power within program by removing secondary coach Marvin Sanders and also gets to hire his own linebackers coach.

J.T. Terrell: Although Kevin O’Neill put him back in starting lineup he’s definitely playing better past two weeks.

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USC v. UCLA

USC is currently No. 7 and UCLA No. 9 in the Rivals.com rankings. Scout.com, which rewards having more commitments, has the Bruins No. 6 and USC No. 10.

So here is the question: Which ranking is more important and does the fact USC is restricted mean there is validity to Scout’s formula, which I’ve previously discounted because of its quantity ove quality emphasis. Does quantity matter in the era of NCAA sanctions?

What Assistant Coach Leaves Next?

The ramifications of a 7-6 season could continue. Some believe Marvin Sanders’ firing is not expected to be the last move. There is buzz inside Heritage Hall (check that, the University Village food court) that either defensive line coach Ed Orgeron or offensive line coach James Cregg might not be back.

I’ve heard there was a thought of hiring an offensive line “consultant” to help Cregg out next season or that he could switch over to tight ends.

USC Recruits Visit Notre Dame

Defensive end Kylie Fitts, defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and defensive end Torrodney Prevot visit Notre Dame this weekend. Prevot is expected to decommit from USC but it looks like defensive end Jason Hatcher might commit again after an in-home visit with Ed Orgeron.