USC Morning Buzz: Who’s Coming And Going? Marques Tuiasosopo? Justin Wilcox? Tosh Lupoi?

OK, let’s take the pulse of the coaching staff search as Heritage Hall prepares to open next month.

Washington interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo has been offered an assistant coaching position at USC, if he wants it. Huskies defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox will meet with Chris Petersen today. He also is up for the Boise State job and USC needs to resolve his $1 million buyout.th

Defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi, who has a $410,000 buyout, could be a controversial choice for USC and has hit some resistance, according to sources, because of his past.

Now for the current USC coaches: We hear linebackers coach Mike Ekeler and offensive line coaches James Cregg and Mike Summers will not be back. Sarkisian made a run at UCLA assistant coach Adrian Klemm but he decided to sign a new contract with the Bruins.

Running backs coach Tommie Robinson probably won’t be back becuase Sarkisian hired Washington running backs coach Johnny Nansen. The status of special teams coach John Baxer is up in the air right now.

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  • john wolcott

    Did Sark tell the assistants that he is letting go that
    the bowl game “is your last shot here,” or did Wolf make that up. If true, Sark could have been a bit more polite

    • realtrojan

      I guess you can look at it in one of the two ways or both. One is stated by you, and the other is that he was trying to be clear cut about bringing in his own guys. I hope he’s meant the latter.

    • Goatboy Kiffin

      That chubby softie Snark wouldn’t have the nads to say something like that … unless one of his hired thugs did it for him.

  • realtrojan

    All the bustle and hustle aside, I’m extremely curious how Sarkisian will do in his first few seasons at USC. Even though he was an assistant for USC football for several years, he’s still an unknown quantity as HC for a program like USC. I hope Haden was right about this hire.

    • Golden Trojan

      Sark will function like he did at Washington. He will be more successful at SC because he will get more talent than he could at Wash. SC is down because talent has been going to Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and now ASU. With sanctions going away, Sark will be able to draw that talent to SC. To win, talent is 80%, coaching is 10%.

      • Toejam For Life

        What happened to all those 4* and 5* athletes that SuC recruited the last several years that haven’t panned out?

        • Helen

          What am I going to have for breakfast?

          What am I going to have for breakfast?

          What am I going to have for breakfast?

          .
          .
          .

          • gotroy22

            Easy Two Ton.

          • HeySUCs

            Outstanding repartee; rich and hilarious. – The Kitten gets a shot in the shorts. Yowsa.

        • steveg

          USC had them, fucla didn’t. Easy to figure that one out dummy.

      • Toejam For Life

        SuC has talent, at least on paper. All those 4 and 5 stars who ride the pine. Will Sark be allowed to keep recruiting players from other schools who get arrested or have problems with the law?
        How is Sark going to sell SuC as being a ticket to the pros when the staff is filled with college level coaches? Pete Carroll could sell his pro coaching experience, as well as connections to sports agents and runners who would have full access to the team!
        Watching Sarkiffin crash and burn will be even more fun than watching Kiffin! Thank you Pat! Great hire!!

      • gotroy22

        Except that the sanctions continue until after signing day and Sarkiffian will feel the full weight of the previous two years of sanctions with little depth.

        • HeySUCs

          When SUCUDub starts losing regularly, Sack will need his I love LA media skills to deflect the media criticism and fan scorn.

      • HeySUCs

        Tooth fairy dreams.

      • realtrojan

        Yes, of course you’re not going to win without talent on the field, but who does the recruiting to get that? Obviously, the coaches. So coaching is definitely worth more than 10% of the equation. It’s importance can’t be stressed enough.

    • Cheap seats

      Sad to say, but the roster he’s inheriting probably has more holes to fill than the roster he just left.

      With all the depth issues of 2013, I hope a few freshman who redshirted last year (Bigelow, Fallah) or is still developing (McQuay) make a splash. I’m hoping Browne ends up stepping up big come spring camp.

      If they don’t, it will be a very long year and even Coach O would be a longshot to win the South.

      • HeySUCs

        How can SUCUDub succeed with a Red-shirt Freshman QB and a half-baked roster.

      • ThaiMex

        The REDSHIRTS were Redshirted because of WHY? Because you guys were so DEEP? Because they needed time to develop? (weren’t these guys 4 & 5 star recruits?…like Myles jack?). Why didn’t you use all the available scholarships when you were thin to begin with? Mercy Nurse! They don’t call you the S.C. brain surgeons for nothing!
        fit UN!

        • Cheap seats

          Do you want me to answer that like an adult talking about football?

          There’s actually some intelligence in that post, but it’s still your typical Bucket 60% troll substance.

          Let me know if you want your typical “yo mama” troll response or a mature response. I have a feeling you’re fishing for the former.

    • Fred Sampson

      I hope I’m wrong but I really do feel like Pat Haden made a mistake and a big one at that. Haden was so indecisive in replacing former USC Basketball Coach Kevin O’Neil that he set the program back 3 years. O’Neil won 6 games and clearly could not Coach or recruit top players, but Haden brought him back for another year. The Baseball Team has been in shambles for years and once again Haden has not put that program in the right direction.

    • Mark Stevens

      It’s the Carrol myth, Holt was the defensive coach during those national championship seasons. Gave up 69 points bowl game got fired. Kiffin same scene, no Sark???

  • Isaiahdolan

    I was pleased with Clancy. I was very pleased with Tommie Robinson.

    • Go Tama

      So, you’re pleased with a guy who doesn’t make adjustments ? Did you watch the ucla game ? They ran the same play over and over and over again, and each time it was successful.

      • B.Miller

        Swing pass to the left.. Swing Pass to the right…
        QB draw up the middle on almost every 3 down play..

      • Isaiahdolan

        per NCAA, USC was 16th in nation total defense while Washington was 50th. Add to that that USC was so depleted in the end they literally were playing with only a few subs per game AND their best player was out for season (Breslin).

        • Mark Stevens

          I had a talk with a USC alum. Kiffen was fired cause of his ego?? Sark lost twice as many games as Kiffen, that is why on a national scale that hiring is called “stumbling”

          • Isaiahdolan

            I hope Sark can win big but if he doesn’t and Peterson does well at Washington it should be adios for Haden.

          • Žåçh

            Good thing you hate the guy so much you don’t even know how to spell his name. Sark brought a team from 0-12 to being very competitive in a short amount of time. UW fans and alums have National title expectations but thats not a reality in Seattle anymore. Sark will be fine at SC.

            Oh, and Wilcox is better than Clancy.

  • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

    I am getting a BAD feeling about this new trOXan staff…there is no pussyfooting around the fact that Coach O was the players choice…and we saw what happens when they are not mentally behind the HC!!!

    My pysological training tells me it’s very likely the players will WANT Khardasian to fail as retribution for replacing CEO, even if it’s on a subconscious level!!

    • steveg

      Wow, what an awesome imagination.

      • HeySUCs

        Come on. SUC fans invented imagination. For instance the ” Unfinished Business” business. SUC thrives on imagination and pixie dust dreams – It’s SUC’s coin of the realm.

    • TrojanFamily

      Pysological training consists of inventing a reality, then using that reality to troll a sports website. It involves fake login IDs and a false belief that the person practicing the “art” knows anything about the game of football. Added features include rather unfunny racial and ethnic stereotyping and a false sense of accomplishment when the fake IDs praise one another. Oh and incontinence.

      • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

        nice coping mechanism….but does it really make you safe from the influence of the Cadre?

        and i am NOT incontinent. as i have stated, i wear astronaut diapers to mitigate the need for restroom breaks….i calculate this gives me an extra 3-4 comment output per day.

      • ThaiMex

        douchebaggery at it’s finest!
        Well done!
        fit UN!

    • Cheap seats

      With all the time you spend here, I seriously think YOU can write a better blog.

      Heck, it’s even from the same anti-USC viewpoint anyway.

  • Helen

    Don’t they teach video in journalism school?

    • B.Miller

      HA! Nice

  • steveg

    Good news is that Clancy isn’t out yet. Loss of Baxter will be noticed. Our special teams have been exceptional this season, all we need is a season changing kicker.

    Forget any future in video Wolf.

  • http://4chan.org/ Charlie Bucket

    WTF am I looking at in this video?

    • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

      Hey! faux Bucket!!!

      where were you when Rob Ryan was all over me like a cheap suit, could’ve used the diversion!!

      pero no preocupes, Yoda is coming to set things right.

      • http://4chan.org/ Charlie Bucket

        Rob Ryan?

  • HuskyFanPodcast

    Johnny Nansen is Sark’s butt buddy. His loss for us is addition by subtraction. Heyward & Sirmon are very good coaches. Wilcox is a great DC and would be great with USC’s talent. Lupoi wants to stay at UW.

  • HeySUCs

    Fred, I believe you described Sark to a tee.

  • Mark Stevens

    Bottom line, the Sark gang 0-5 against Oregon, Peterson 2-0

  • Mark Stevens

    Look at Sarks PAC12 win loss record at Washington, how long will that be allowed at USC???

    • Fred Sampson

      This situation reminds me of former USC Coach Ted Tollner , because the administration at the time thought they could plug in anybody at the head coaching spot after John Robinson left for the Rams. But guess what ? Tollner won just enough games to not get fired justifiably, and USC was a average Team in the Pac 10 the whole time he was Coach. And that’s my prediction for Steve Sarkision….good recruiter but VERY average Coach.