USC Morning Buzz: Coaching Staff Update While Waiting For Justin Wilcox

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It increasingly looks like current special teams coach John Baxter will not be retained by Steve Sarkisian. A couple sources tell me USC would like to keep Baxter in an academic role if he does not leave for another coaching role.

Meanwhile, Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is supposed to coach at Friday’s bowl practice for the Huskies. He still looks most likely to end up at USC as soon as his buyout and status with the Huskies gets resolved.

And finally, did anyone note that the likely offensive line coach, Baltimore Ravens assistant Todd Washington, is not the Ravens’ offensive line coach but the “assistant” offensive line coach. Andy Moeller is the Ravens’ offensive line coach.

That’s odd when you are USC and always told the school is getting one of the best coaching staffs in America.

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  • john wolcott

    What would be odd would be to have Scottie act as an impartial journalist i.e. just the facts ma’am

    In other news, of the 35 bowl games, the SC game is rated the 12th best and Virginia Tech-SUCLA is
    No. 18

    The two games at the Rose Bowl are Nos. 1 and 2

    • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

      LOL because nobody besides bRuins give two $#!T$ about fucla.

      • ProbationU

        Actually it is because Fresno is a better opponent than Va Tech. There are a lot of people predicting a Fresno win.

        • Spedjones

          This. People are waiting to see USC fail, again. Just like they did against UCLA, and just like they did with the Sarknado hire!

          • Wisdom

            Hey sped, leave your mom’s basement and go find a job. No, trainer 12 hours a week at 24 Hr. Fitness does not qualify. FightOn CRUSHED you and you continue to post lame stuff. CALLING YOU OUT chimp!

          • HeySUCs

            I’m always willing to watch SUC fail.

      • HeySUCs

        Apparently coaching at SUCUDub is a dubious job. Your AD advertised the best coaching staff in NCAA and your o-line coach is just an asst. o-line coach in the pro’s. A wonderful, a wonderful. SUC: UStub – south campus.

        • FightON

          T. Mazzone was an offensive assistant. Were you complaining then?

          Ulbrich was on a losing Seahawks, were you complaining then?

          Martin was taken from UW after Sark got rid of him. Were you Post complaining then?

          Yarber was fired after the team went 4-12. Were you complaining then?

          A bunch of your staff is ripped from UA and ASU. Were you complaining then?

          No, you weren’t. You were bragging about how you raided jewels from other teams (rather than settling for laid off leftovers).

          Predictable troll is predictable. Sad troll is sad.

          • HeySUCs

            Your new O-Line coach is not a O-Line coach, he’s an Asst. wanna be O-line coach. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t SUCUStub’s O-Line a concern to the new staff, because of O-Line injuries sustained in the UCLA game and lack of O-Line depth. SO Sack hires a wanna be to rebuilt the SUCUStub O-Line. What ever you say Lose on. “When you wish upon a star…” LOL.

          • fight on forever

            No worries FUCLA fan. SC will “lose on” to another 10 win season (7 out of the last 10) while FUCLA attempts to “ATE CLAP” their way to 10 wins – Dream Season- No BCS – Sad little bRuins. But hey, you gutties did win 35-14. I guess that counts as a Natty, doesn’t it? We’ll give it to you. That makes…2

          • Spedjones

            with an extra game 10 wins doesn’t mean all that much. What does mean a lot is 35-14! BOOM!

          • fight on forever

            Of course 10 wins don’t mean much to a bRuin fan – hard to find meaning in something you know very little about. Enjoy the Sun Bowl FUCLA gutties. That’s exactly what 35-14 got you!

          • Spedjones

            if SC played 18 games, they might win 12. Unless they played UCLA 18 times, in which case they’d win 0! BOOM!

          • fight on forever

            Now you’re a prognosticator…yawn. Bored. Enjoy it while it lasts….ATE CLAP

          • HeySUCs

            It should be “yawn.”

          • HeySUCs

            Yawn. UCLA 35 – suc 14 in the game, at the Mausoleum, that counts. UCLA will forfeit the other 17 imaginary games you propose. Get a life.

          • Wisdom

            So this a$$ clown heyfuk says get a life as he trolls an SC blog 24/7? Are they really that stupid? You couldn’t make this stuff up…

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            You misread.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            (That’s going to leave a mark!)

          • HeySUCs

            But SUC’s loss to UCLA was the reason for SUC’s invitation to the “Take Dump” Bowl. SUC FB: Queen of LA.

          • HeySUCs

            With a RS freshman QB (Browne), a 2nd or 3rd rate O-Line and managed by a bought and paid-for UDub 2013 coaching staff. Unless SUCUDub is scheduling 2nd tier FCS teams, a 10 win SUCUDub 204 season is a Bomber pipe dream.

          • Wisdom

            Hey dip$hit, do your research before talking out your a$$! This guy has a track record, and coaching ability > coaching titles, just ask your current line coach (where was he before Mora brought him on board?)….

    • FMUSC81

      Yup and fUcla can’t even get a sniff at those games with their best team in years as they say !!! on their so -called home field

  • steveg

    IMO losing Baxter is big mistake. It’s still not to late. I fail to see what Wilcox has over Pendergast. Especially with that price tag. Who is Todd Washington, what are his creds.

    This pains me to say it, but what the heck are we building here.

    • Joe Blow

      If you know so F ing much, why don’t you call Max and take Haden’s job or call Haden and get him to fire Sark so you can be the HC.

      • Spedjones

        yes! Trogies starting to fight amongst themselves now! BOOM!

      • HeySUCs

        Spin your signs Joey.

        • Joe Blow

          Boring

    • HeySUCs

      It’s not building, it’s deconstructing a Goat shed and replacing it with a UStub pig sty.

    • Wisdom

      Research his creds – he looks pretty good, and I’m guessing he must be a great fit coaching-wise. No offense, we had TWO guys with great pedigrees coaching our line this season, and our line underachieved. Coaching ability > coaching titles, didn’t we learn our lessons (both good and bad) during the PC era?

    • ProbationU

      Maybe Sark actually saw Ishmael Adams of UCLA go for about 40-50 yards on every kickoff return a couple of weeks ago and wasn’t all that impressed. Now I don’t think Sark was a great hire for SC, but he does deserve the chance to put his own team together.

  • snarfy

    Oh Scotty, what an eagle eye you have!

  • Spedjones

    Boom! Good one, Wolfie! Sarknado is here to stay!

  • David Stewart

    You are such an annoying little man Scott.

  • Go Tama

    Scooter’s right, assistants to the OL coach is a joke when Tim Davis is unemployed. Oh wait, he thinks the other half of the Dimmer Twins is an idiot as well. And I would add that there isn’t one guy on this staff that’s older than 38 or 39. You kinda need a few adults who have been around on a staff, or did the end of the PC era teach you rah rah idiots nothing.

    • Joe Blow

      Question: How many times has Tim been fired SINCE SC? Hmmmmmmm

      • Go Tama

        When was the last time USC had a run game? HMMMMMMM

        • Joe Blow

          He was sooooo good he got fired.

        • Wisdom

          This season…

    • HeySUCs

      SUCUStub are not common sense orientated.

  • weisberg

    Has CP interviewed Wilcox?

    • Paul Forkner

      Yes.

  • Fred Sampson

    Steve Sarkisian is proving me right as the days go on…lol !! He can’t even recruit a highly thought of offensive line coach, and didn’t he say a few days after his press conference that he is going to assemble the best staff in college football ? And most in the College Football Coaching ranks think John Baxter is one of the best special teams coaches around, but Sarkisian doesn’t seem to agree. Didn’t Pat Haden just give Baxter an endorsement a few days ago ? This Sarkisian hire is starting to look very comical to me.

    • Joe Blow

      See above Putz

    • Walt Hazzard

      Glad you are a USC fan Freddy..otherwise I might confuse you with one of the trolls

      • HeySUCs

        Wally, Wally, Wally, are you blind?

        • Walt Hazzard

          Hey SUC_LA
          No..But I will give the only AD in LA to win a national Championship and the only HC in LA on staff to win a NC the benefit of the doubt over a bunch of slappy trolls

          • HeySUCs

            And the only LA FB team voted #1 in the pre-season college football poll to lose 6 games in the very same season, and establish a unique NCAA FB record for utter failure. You win Wally.

    • Wisdom

      From the Raven’s website (he sounds pretty qualified to me): Todd Washington is in his third year as Baltimore’s assistant offensive line coach. Washington, who played eight years as a center/guard in the NFL…. In his second season with the Ravens, Washington helped guide G Marshal Yanda to his second Pro Bowl, while RB Ray Rice broke 1,000 rushing yards for the fourth-consecutive year. The Ravens’ offense set a franchise record producing 72 offensive plays of 20-or- more yards. The former Buccaneers’ fourth-round draft pick (1998) spent one year as the University of San Diego’s offensive coordinator after guiding USD’s offensive line to success in his initial two coaching seasons.

      • SaferInWestwood

        Weak!! BAL Russ O. 29th, Pass O. 20th in the league… .

        • Wisdom

          Look at Klemm’s pedigree and stats the last couple of seasons. Are you saying he is a weak coach?

          • SaferInWestwood

            His actually better than anyone on USuCks coaching staff and definitely one of the top 5 recruiters in the nation, taking into account as his took over UCLAs OL they’ve manhandled #USCELITEDEFENSE and the only stat that comes to mind is 2 – 0!!

          • fight on forever

            His actually better? His took over? My head is hurting from reading that sentence. Oh, and #’s don’t work here. Menso.

          • SaferInWestwood

            35 – 14 reading that okay, menso es el guey que invento ese hashtag, no sera de USuCk??

          • fight on forever

            Yawn. Congrats on the win troll. Now go back to Westwood. 50-0 is what I’m remembering….

          • SaferInWestwood

            How did that help the thumping in piss alley?

          • fight on forever

            35-14 is a thumping LOL…what would you call 50-0?

          • SaferInWestwood

            A Loss?? If you could only borrow from that 50 lol!

          • fight on forever

            So 35-14 is a thumping, but 50-0 is a loss…..LOL. Funny little gutties..ATE CLAP

          • SaferInWestwood

            History major what happened on Nov. 30 2013???

          • fight on forever

            Actually majored in Finance, but I’ll play along -The bRuins failed to qualify for a meaningful bowl for the 13th year in a row. Wooot Booommm ATE CLAP

          • SaferInWestwood

            History major how many SC coaches does it take to beat CMora in a single season??
            #Sarknado LMAO!!

          • fight on forever

            Guey the #’s don’t work here. Ayy guey we had this convo less than 2 hrs ago. Not sure what the question means, but I’m glad it made you LYAO. Hope it didn’t make you go BOOOM in your shorts.

          • HeySUCs

            You certainly weren’t an English major. Personal pronouns help. I’ll bet your biggest business success to date, was leasing an eight-year-old BMW with a SUC license plate for 10 years.

          • Wisdom

            This from the guy who bought himself a minivan?

          • fight on forever

            Thanks for the English lesson Suckface. You might want to take a refresher course on the use of commas. Feel free to troll all of my posts and point out any writing deficiencies. ATE CLAP

          • Spedjones

            I’d call it a distant memory under a crummy coaching staff. Unfortunately for SUC, 35-14 is FRESH BABY!

          • fight on forever

            Thanks for making my point…much like FUCLA with the Duh-rell, New-weasel, USC was mired in the Lane Kiffin era. It took a great amount of dysfunction for SUCLA to get anywhere near SC’s level. Enjoy the fleeting moment while it lasts…

          • HeySUCs

            What’s SUC’s level? Your AD couldn’t give the FB HC job away. He had to purchase 80% of UDubs FB staff to the extreme delight of the UDub AD. UDub than hired the HC who refused Haden’s offer with SUC money. LOL.

          • Spedjones

            that’s sweet. Sorta like a nostalgic old movie star remembering when she was the next big thing, only to be pushed aside by newer, better models.

          • Wisdom

            Best recruiter in the nation? Do you even read your posts before you hit the send button? I’m sure Alabama is crapping their pants as I write this post. Just because you beat us in a down year doesn’t mean as much as you wish – you a$$ clowns went 9-3 under a supposed incredible year and give your coach a ridiculous extension. Wow, you might want to set your expectations a bit higher there kid.

          • SaferInWestwood

            All those stars and no Ws!! I did say top 5… .

          • Wisdom

            Obviously you said it right after you took another hit off the crack pipe.

          • HeySUCs

            Enjoy the “Take a Dump” Bowl.

          • Wisdom

            Vegas greater than that crap fest of a city you’re team is headed to. Of course you’re not going, guess your welfare check doesn’t stretch that far these days….

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            The cool kids use hash tags rhetorically outside of Twitter.

          • Wisdom

            I’ll try to argue with stupid, so here goes… You clearly know nothing about football. Your OL was a weakness of your team this season, a team that finished 9-3 (i.e., FAILURE). Your offensive coordinator schemed in a way that tried to hide the weaknesses of your OL, an OL that has been notoriously weak FOREVER it seems. No wonder Mora wants to stay at your $hit hole of a program – the fans are CLUELESS and so easily satisfied. Eight crap that weak season all you want chimp…

  • Joe Blow

    God, I wish the janitor wouldn’t talk to Scott while Scotty is on the can.

    • Helen

      Personally I think Scottie hears voices in his head and doubt the janitor actually talks to him.

      • Joe Blow

        I think you’re right. Probably happens when he take the paper off the roll and the guy in the next stall is tapping his foot.

      • HeySUCs

        The Kitten is annoyed.

  • FightON

    Scott: everyone noted that the coach was an assistant. Well, everyone except you.

    • fight on forever

      He’s too busy butchering the English language and misspelling every word known to man. Oh, and being Gargamel’s twin.

  • Helen

    Just because Todd Washington is an assistant offensive line coach doesn’t mean he is not a good coach, as Scottie implies. This is the normal job progression for all coaches.

    • fight on forever

      Scottie is hilarious. I’ve yet to see him write anything to suggest that he possesses even an elementary knowledge of football. Maybe he should pick the coaches since he knows what the “best staff ” looks like. FOF!

    • HeySUCs

      If he so good, why is he just an Asst. coach? Must be a Cap space issue or he just might not have the experience to assume the role of a full on O-Line coach and associated its responsibilities.

      • Wisdom

        He’s no longer an asst line coach! In all seriousness, your guy Klemm had a crappy background (four years at SMU isn’t much to beat your chest over), so you’re saying Klemm sucks?

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

    Baxter can always be made the Strength and Conditioning coach. gotta whip those French JUCO transfers into racing shape.

    • Wisdom

      A$$ clown – errr, Bucket Boy, do you sit around all day and laugh at your own posts? Seriously, do you realize how lame this sounds to the rest of us? You find vague, meaningless references amusing? Seen your mom naked one too many times and this is what you do all day to get the image out of your head?

  • anno nimus

    But it’s okay to lie about him the “assistant OLine coach” because the Trojan staff would like for the recruits and fans to think they got themselves a jewel, typical Trojans. LMAO

    • TrojanFamily

      No one lied. Scooter just reported it incorrectly. Every other site got it right.

      Chuckles please ask your idol to improve in his reporting skills.

      • anno nimus

        If that’s true, please accept my apology.

  • Paul Forkner

    I agree Wilcox most likely to SC. But CP and Wilcox have more history than Sark and Wilcox…

  • Brian

    Great investigative work!

  • Ron Fleishman

    Wolfie ripping and kicking as usual. Use your spell check before you blog.

  • Ben Factor

    I can’t help but notice that several persons who are among the more credible commenters (IMO) are skeptical of the program’s direction.

    My preference would be to hire the best teachers, and let Sark and his non-coach assistants handle the heavy lifting in recruiting. Player development at USC has not been consistentlly excellent, and that same criticism was leveled against Sark at UW.

    I would think that recruiting is not ultimately more important than teaching. Recruiting is sales, and that temperament may not make the best teacher. I think it might be better to strive for more division of labor if that is in fact possible. I don’t know enough to say.

    • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

      You’re right.

      I love Neu, but one of the problems during his tenure at UCLA was that players did not improve; I recall one of his defensive linemen having to learn certain fundamentals after leaving the team to prepare for the NFL.

  • Genius Husky

    You asked for it you got it. A slightly over 500 record d 1 coach. What is even more delightful is that you poached a 500 coach. The fact that he left in the heat of recruiting speaks volumes about his character. What a liar. what a quitter.

  • HuskyFanPodcast

    Thanks for taking Johnny Nansen off our hands. He’s Sark’s tail-chasing buddy. He coached positions he had no expertise in. Addition by subtraction for UW.