“I perfectly understand that people disagree with some of my decisions, but I can promise fans that each decision is made with a great deal of thought for both the short term and long term ramifications for the department.”
— USC athletic director Pat Haden
USC’s coaching staff has more titles than any staff in America. But what is James Cregg’s title? He was the offensive line coach. But now assistant coach Mike Summers has that title. So is Cregg the assistant to the offensive line coach?
Sounds like Cregg is Mark Ratner (above) from the movie, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Ratner held the title, “assistant to the assistant manager of the movie theater.”
Rivals.com looks at the recruiting needs of Pac-12 teams and decides USC needs . . . defensive linemen. And offensive linemen.
“The program has signed only 2 1/2 defensive linemen the last two years — the half is because Morgan Breslin is a JUCO transfer,” the article states.
With Christian Heyward not on USC’s spring roster, is it a concern that the Trojans have five defensive tackles on their current roster, including freshman Kenny Bigelow?
By comparison, the 2005 Trojans had seven defensive tackles on scholarship. So is it really that big a deal? It all depends on injuries.
Lane Kiffin repeated a comment to ESPN on Wednesday that he made right before the Sun Bowl: “I’ve said this before: If Matt Barkley had the defense that Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer had, Matt Barkley would have won the Heisman Trophy just like they did. He would have had the winning records they had.”
This begs the question: If the defense was such a problem, why does USC have seven offensive coaches (including Kiffin) for next season and only three defensive assistants?
New defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast must be that good. Some might argue that Leinart did not have a great defense either in 2005.
“I didn’t even know they were going to rush (the court),” forward Eric Wise said. “It was great.”
“I stayed out of the crowd,” point guard Jio Fontan said. “I’ve had enough injuries.”
I told interim coach Bob Cantu that tonight that unlike Lane Kiffin, he knows how to cover a spread by beating Arizona straight up even though he got seven points.
“It feels great. I couldn’t be happier for our guys right now.”
— USC coach Bob Cantu after upsetting No. 11 Arizona
The students rushed the court and celebrated with the Trojans as USC upset the Wildcats. How did USC do it? It shot 61 percent. Eric Wise made 9-12 shots and scored a game-high 22 points. Byron Wesley added 18.
USC leads Arizona 42-36 as Eric Wise has 11 points and Byron Wesley 10. The Trojans are shooting 58 percent, much better than against UCLA. Solomon Hill leads Arizona with 12 points.