In this segment, questions about tailback Ty Isaac and how much USC pays its coaches.
Q: Jay said
Other than learning the play book, how does Ty Issac from what you may have seen, look in person as far as speed, physical tools etc, compared to the other backs ?
A: He has not played in pads yet like the other backs but one thing that immediately stands out is his size (6-3, 225). The only other back that compares to him physically is Tre Madden. Even though he is big, Isaac has good hands and can catch passes out of the backfield. He is a unique combination of speed and size. The key, of course, will be when the pads go on in training camp to see how he does against a college defense.
I do think he can fill a role, however, as a power/receiving back.
Why does USC time after time after time go cheap on non revenue head coaches ? The recent hires for women’s basketball and the track program seem to be done on the cheap when far more qualified and established coaches were available. Does the school not have the money to pay for a top level coach for these sports ? IMO, USC should be challenging for NC’s in every sport they offer simply due to the fact that they are in a huge metro area as well as the academic draw, having poor non revenue sports is unacceptable.
A: The feeling inside the dept. is that those sports simply do not merit spending millions or high-six figures because of the revenue they generate.
Now the recent million-dollar offer to UCLA baseball coach John Savage goes against that theory but I believe that was a special event: Pat Haden knows baseball’s tradition and importance to some alumni. He also knew Savage’s ties to USC. So he made an out-of-the-box offer. But now that Savage turned USC down, it looks like normal service is being resumed with interim coach Dan Hubbs getting hired.
Haden’s said baseball is a “conundrum” and he saw Savage as a rare chance to fix it. But with the other sports, keeping the salary down was definitely an issue. Apparently all that Pac-12 money isn’t making a difference in this area.
Q: Guest said:
After this final year of scholarship reductions, the team will really need to restock the roster. I believe there will be about 30-40 spots open. Can the football team sign this many recruits at once? Will they have to gray shirt guys to make it work?
A : The most players a school can sign in February is 25. Now schools often bring in 30-or-more players but that is because they can save scholarships from the previous year and then use them for mid-year signees.