Morning Buzz: USC Did Not Give Su’a Cravens Stability


I’ve written in the past that USC should apologize to players like Su’a Cravens for all the head coaches/assistants they had to play for in their careers. Remember, Cravens had Lane Kiffin, Ed Orgeron, Clay Helton, Steve Sarkisian and then Helton again as his head coach in just three seasons.
“When I was in college, I didn’t have the same playbook any consecutive year in a row,” Cravens says in the above Redskins video. “I had a different, either head coach or defensive coordinator each year.”

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  • steveg

    Granted, not having stability does harm a program, but did Cravens grow as a player and person faced with new leadership every year. Sure gave him a variety of philosophies, outlooks, and leadership styles. I am sure it made him more adaptable to change in the future.

    • gotroy22

      It will prepare him for the NFL where you can get cut every year and nothing is certain.

      • JustOwns

        Kind of like a half baked, Trump tweet lie.

    • JustOwns

      Su’a excelled at waving at Hundley when he passed him on the way to the bozo end zone for Six.

      • Pudly76

        “Thick, as a brick”

  • Sas

    Su’a thanks for everything! But move on bro.

    • Jack B

      To me Sua didn’t seem remotely remorseful or regretful about his USC experience.

      This is just another example of SW trying to stir up the pot. There’s nothing here. Sua said his revolving coach deal at USC helped him adjust to the exact same thing he is going through in the NFL with a new d coord.

      • Sas

        Then W*lf is definitely stirring it. I always liked Su’a and him being from Murrieta made me like him that much more. He played hard. I didn’t like his interviews because he always hinted that he wouldn’t be at SC very long.

        • Jack B

          He was a stud, totally instinctive player. 95% of the players with his ability, productivity and brains never stay for more than three years. I couldn’t have expected more from him and he really delivered.

          He graduated HS early, enrolled at USC early and came to USC as a 5-star guy with a free ticket anywhere he wanted. Started as a true frosh at SS and made frosh AA teams. We were blessed to have him during our lean years and I’m sure he’s very grateful to USC. A terrific USC guy!

          • Pudly76

            Couldn’t have said it better…Fight On!

  • FightOn!

    Su’a makes over a million dollars a year… pretty sure he’s saying thank you to SC. Flow on!

  • Jack B

    Ya, USC really did Sua wrong. What a crock.

    USC used Sua exactly as he should have been used to best prepare him for the NFL. Sua should be thanking his lucky stars he went to USC – and I bet he always will.

    I’m sure each coach contributed different, valuable things to Sua’s development. What would have been much worse would be to have been stuck with one bad coach the entire time, Fortunately for Sua, USC didn’t allow that.

    • Trojan5

      Sua’s statement is true. He did have a resolving door of coaches. But every other statement I have seen from Sua is supportive & full of pride for USC. The instability he had to fight through made him a better player and person. I agree with you; I am sure he appreciates his time as a Trojan

      • Jack B

        My first five years of organized tackle football, I had five different HCs, assts, team-mates and systems. I liked and disliked some of them for different reasons, but each contributed to my development as a player – which was all largely left up to me anyway.

        I’ve never blamed any coaches for my personal failures even though a couple of HCs were nothing to write home about.

        I guess I’ve always liked the players who don’t complain and blame. I think Sua was one of those and his statement – which SW tortured into a complaint – was just a statement of fact. Sua’s SC experience was obviously hugely helpful to his NFL profile – the versatile athlete who can rove around and cause problems for flexible offenses.

  • Pudly76

    When I listened to it, I thought he said it’s helped a lot. Weren’t those his last words in the clip, being able to change and adjust week after week and now he moves to a different position this year, going to safety.

    There are no guarantees in life, except Scottie spinning things negative.

  • Sas

    Some guy at 247 says USC will lose back to back games at Notre Dame and at Arizona State.

    • Pudly76

      Wtf, ASU?

      • gotroy22

        ASU may be the ruins only win this year.

        • Pudly76

          That’s closer to the truth, hard to believe we won’t be double digit favorites, I’m not buying… maybe they figure a letdown after a loss, but still figuring a blowout.

        • JustOwns

          Ripple and Puke fantasy.

          • Pudly76

            Only you’d know, what a putts.

      • Sas

        Yeah. How do we beat Stanford but lose to ASU?

        • Pudly76

          Can’t see it. Maybe one of those luck of the Irish, bad bounce and weird calls in south bend, but sundevils? Nope.

          • Sas

            There’s no way we lose those two.

          • Trojan96

            The only trap game I can see this year is the Friday night at Wazu. Luke Falk is scary good and you know Mike Leach will pull out all his tricks on offense. ASU doesn’t have a chance and ND needs another year or two to get back in contention.

          • Sas

            That game in Pullman also has my attention. We can’t overlook WSU.

          • Pudly76

            If ND doesn’t get back to form this year, it might be a few because recruits will be more and more reluctant to go to a has been program.

    • steveg

      They are almost as bad as espn, the clown network.

    • gotroy22

      Owns?

      • JustOwns

        I think it’s safe to say the Piglet won’t win the Heisman and bozo u will not participate in this year’s FB playoffs.

  • Just logical

    Sua said it was a double edged sword, he learned to adapt but never got comfortable in college. Real life is not comfortable. Unless you’re a government cubicle worker your playbook, rules, bosses and company culture change all the time. Give him another year or two and he’ll realize that the other edge of the sword was a blessing in disguise.

    He should be thankful that he didn’t pay $250k for an education that protects him from opposing points of view, offers safe spaces, play doh and coloring books to prepare them for the real world. What a rude awakening that is.

    • Ben Factor

      I appreciate finding a comment like yours here.

  • David Keeling

    Sua did just fine as a player at USC. He had no control over Haden’s fiascos in overseeing the program. I often wonder what would have happened if MG had survived as AD. Would it have been any worse than what happened. And do you think MG would have conducted the so called national coaching search hoaxes Haden put on?

    • Pudly76

      The old “nod and a wink” coaching search..