About 13 months ago, USC was ranked No. 1 in the preseason and had the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class. Eighteen games later, USC is 10-8 and every time I go on an out-of-town radio show I get asked if the Trojans can reclaim L.A. from UCLA?
This is why I believed a coaching change made sense after last season. The warning signs were all there and nothing really changed this season. Now USC has to delay everything one December later to right the program.
This will be the biggest decision Pat Haden makes as athletic director. And it will not be easy. Many candidates are not slam dunks. So Haden will be under more scrutiny than ever. Firing Lane Kiffin was easy compared to Haden’s next move.