If you look at many of USC’s recent coaching hires in major sports, a trend emerges that does not say much for the term “nation-wide search.’’
With football, new coach Steve Sarkisian was a former USC coach . . . familiar with many inside the athletic dept. New women’s basketball coach Cynthia Cooper was a former USC player . . . familiar to those inside the athletic dept. Before baseball promoted assistant coach Dan Hubbs, it offered the job to UCLA coach John Savage, a former USC assistant . . . familiar to those inside the athletic dept.
The glaring exception to this is men’s basketball but that was the first of the big four sports to really open up and things were slogging along to the point where someone got hired that was unknown to the nation two weeks beforehand.
Whether or not these are good hires (and Cooper certainly is off to a good start), it seems like comfort zone plays a bigger role than just being a rising star in the coaching profession.