Heyward is not on the roster USC released for spring practice. Neither is tight end Junior Pomee, who is suspended from team activities pending his legal problems. Also gone is defensive lineman DeVante Wilson and center Abe Markowitz, who apparently must elsewhere to play a sixth year.
Lane Kiffin has not addressed Heyward’s absence.
Now that the coaching staff is completed, who has the better staff? I’d say the Bruins get the obvious edge at offensive coordinator with Noel Mazzone over Clay Helton (and Lane Kiffin). Defensive coordinator is more of a toss-up especially with Jim Mora’s defensive background.
The offensive line could spark a greater debate (Adrian Klemm v. Mike Summers). Maybe USC gets the edge at defensive line (Ed Orgeron v. Angus McClure).
With USC’s coaching staff completed, one thing that few discussed is that no former USC players are part of the staff. In the past three years, Keary Colbert, Sammy Knight and Kennedy Polamalu were assistants but they are gone.
The USC basketball team is eager to make up for last month’s loss at No. 11 Arizona when the Trojans host the Wildcats tonight at 6:30 at the Galen Center.
Meanwhile, the public will be allowed to watch some spring football practices. The first 200 fans to arrive each day may observe practices on March 5-7-14-26-28 and April 4-9-11 from Dedeaux Field.
In case you missed, here is my appearance on the Petros and Money show, where we discussed USC’s coaching staff and other pressing items.The interview begins around the 18-minute mark.
I will be on the Petros and Money Show at 3:47 p.m. today.
USC coach Lane Kiffin jogging on campus today.
We’re No. 1 (with the most offensive coaches in the country)
Defensive coaches, we don’t need no stinkin’ defensive coaches
Our 3 defensive assistants are better than all of yours
How many offensive assistants does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
Matt Barkley was asked by NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci if he regretted anything from last season. “Being more assertive or direct, with the players or with the staff, in how I wanted the ball to move across the field,” Barkley said.
Full interview here
The defensive backs ran the 40 at the NFL combine this morning and three USC players participated: T.J. McDonald (4.59), Nickell Robey (4.53) and Jawanza Starling (4.64). Robey’s time probably did not help because he is a cornerback and not a safety like McDonald and Starling.