USC has 12 coaches in charge of 14 sports. Three have now departed since March. Baseball coach Dan Hubbs might be next with a 19-29 record after Tuesday night’s 6-5 loss to UC Santa Barbara. That means USC could replace 33 percent of its coaches this year.
Athletic director Lynn Swann might be all smiles on the outside but he’s clearly reshaping the athletic dept. Whether it is for the better remains to be seen. Women’s basketball coach Cynthia Cooper was deeply unpopular with the players. So even a sloppy coaching search and strange re-hiring of Mark Trakh should be an easy improvement. Who knows what happens with women’s tennis and rowing? And baseball’s been in purgatory since Mike Gillespie was fired.
Why does this matter to the fan who only cares about football? Well, Swann’s attitude on these sports shows he is not shy to make changes. Every remaining coach — including football — now know Swann’s not afraid to pull the trigger. USC coaches are feeling some heat right now. And Pat Haden probably looks better to some of them than he did a year ago.