Has USC Special Teams Gotten A Free Pass?

ABENow that kicker Andre Heidari made four field goals and said he fixed his motion, it really raises the question of why this was not addressed sooner. I’m not referring to Heidari because kickers miss field goals every game but just overall special teams shortcomings.

USC had a blocked field goal (kicker completely blameless on it) and a miss against Washington State. Then there were two missed field goals against Notre Dame. A lot of factors go into misses, not just the kicker.

But if special teams came through in those situations, the Trojans are 7-1 right now and the season looks a lot different.

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  • bazinga

    and Lane Kiffin would still be the head coach and you would be posting non-stop passive aggressive digs at Kiffin all day.

    • TrojanFan

      The thought of Kiffin still runs wild in wolfman’s head!

    • marvgoux1

      You Sunshine Pumpers are simply unable to handle any criticism of the Kiffin Era.

  • Trojan Hoarse

    Hey, Wolfie….If you want special teams coach, John Baxter, to be fired, just say so, man…it’s ok….. don’t be a wuss and dance around the subject, like you normally do…. Take a stand, Scottie…… Be a man, for once!!!

  • Trojan Hoarse

    Hmmmmmmmmm………………taken from Jack Wang’s UCLA blog earlier today…..

    “According to the National Football Post, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is already planning out an NFL future.

    NFP’s Jason Cole reported that Hundley’s representatives contacted rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports about the possibility of a deal should the player declare in 2014.

    Hundley’s father, Brett Hundley Sr., vehemently denied that his son is thinking about leaving UCLA, or that he has had contact with any agents.”……..

    • Helen

      It would be naive to not accept the fact that footballers are planning for the NFL way back in high school. The “early playing time” reason for choosing a university is just a synonym for getting exposure so they can jump early to the NFL. But contacting an agent could be trouble for Jr.

      • Trojan Hoarse

        Yes, contacting an agent may be the smoking gun here….Obviously, Big Daddy Hundley learned a valuable lesson from the Reggie Bush debacle…. deny, deny, deny…..

        • TrojanFan

          Don’t forget Cam’s daddy!

    • B.Miller

      TOP 5 QB in the NFL draft??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

      • Trojan Hoarse

        Yea, it was kinda looking that way until he imploded against last weekend against the Ducks….some of the ESPN dude’s still hold him in high regard, based obviously on his potential upside, since he hasn’t looked too good since he got tossed around like a rag doll against Utah a few games ago….

      • TrojanFamily

        I actually can see it. He has the size and athleticism the NFL is looking for. They can coach up QBs if they look like NFL QBs. With so many teams picking high this year, there could be a run on QBs. In a normal year, he;s likely a middle 1st round pick, but this year, with such horrid QB play in Jacksonville, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, and even Houston, they all will be the market for a QB. Hundley will be one of them.

        • B.Miller

          but more potential than Mannion?

    • Stu Azole

      as he should. No problem with this. That said, he’s not leaving.

      • Trojan Hoarse

        If Hundley were to leave now, he would become another Jeremiah Masoli or Darron Thomas…..

      • TrojanFamily

        I don’t know if he is leaving or not, but I will wage my mortgage on the fact that you have ZERO actual knowledge of his decision. If you did, you wouldn’t spend your day trolling a USC blog with multiple logins.

    • marvgoux1

      That’s funny the topic was USC special teams.

      • Trojan Hoarse

        The topic bored me…. kinda like YOU!

        • TrojanFan

          EXACTLY!

  • Helen

    Scottie: no, the field goal team has not been good. But the DBs and OL and spotty QB play has been worse – why not report on those position coaches?

    Yes the Trojans might be 7-1 under the most perfect of situations… but they would still have the glaring weaknesses we see today.

    • Trojan Hoarse

      Be patient, Helen…..This was too easy for Wolfie to pass up, as Heidari served this up on a silver platter…..Scottie likes to wait for the “Ah, HA!… I told ya so” moment, then he will beat the story into the ground…..

      • TrojanFan

        Then along comes bucket to wipe his a$$ as a sign of appreciation!

  • trojandude207

    It is really that the PAC 12 has caught up with USC and the sun was in their eyes and moon was in the wrong house and they practiced fake field goals too often without enough scholarships-or maybe you are right

  • B.Miller

    WHATS THE POINT OF SC HAVING A SPECIAL TEAMS COACH?
    I see nothing special about Baxter or his coaching.. #freepaycheck

  • TrojanFan

    ” A lot of factors go into misses, not just the kicker.”

    Since you’re putting it out there, what other factors?

    You need to up your game, we’re all laughing at you.

    • marvgoux1

      Youn really don’t understand about Long Snappers on field goals and punts and the holder on field goals?

      • TrojanFan

        Shilt!…I forgot they were the reason for the miss FG’s

  • john wolcott

    If Heidari had made the field goals in the Washington State and ND games, the situation would have been different for those teams, different decisions would have been made, and hence the outcome i.e. SC losses, still could have been the same.