Tee Martin Is Broyles Semi-Finalist

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin made the latest cut for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach. That might infuriate you. But I suspect it does not make Martin happy either. He shares playcalling but since no one admits it to the public, he takes all the heat.

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  • AtlDDS

    it’s Bizarro World. Who in their right mind would see fit to award the the overall performance of our offense this year? No one who followed the team closely from week to week would bestow such an accolade on ANY of our assistant coaches or coordinators as being the best in the USA. What a joke!

  • party_opponent

    What an honor! Congrats to Coach Martin! Now…can someone please hire him away?

    • FightOn!

      Not sure he “gets” other schools…

    • carter

      His alma mater Tennessee is shopping for a new coach.

      • Sas

        They want Gruden.

        • CORTEZ THE KILLER

          SC should

          • Sas

            That’s a wet dream at this time. I would love to have Gruden leading us.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            Gruden has no SC ties, that seems to be a must since 1940, except for Larry Smith

          • Sas

            If Swann did look elsewhere I would imagine he would look towards the Steelers. Not saying there head coach but someone he has a relationship with.

        • Linkster

          So do I

          • Sas

            Me too!

        • steveg

          They are hedging on their desire to get Gruden. After reading why I don’t blame them. He has been out of the game a while, and out of college for a long long time.

  • Sylvester

    Never fails to amaze me. People are blind. This was one of the worst offensive performances in years (except Kiffin’s years) from start to finish. Must not have had any good candidates.

    • Independent_George

      This is not correct.

      USC is 14th in the nation in total offense.

      USC is 5th in total first downs.

      USC is 20th in passing offense.

      USC is objectively and measurably better this year than in any of Sark’s or Kiffin’s years.

      • carter

        think what these stats would look like if some of the dropped balls, confounding penalties, etc. could be cleaned up. Mostly discipline.
        We really need a secondary coach – our corners and safeties have by and large been terrible the last few years. When Colorado Sam has a career day in Boulder against the Trojans, you know something needs fixing.

      • Sas

        My only beef is USC on 4th down. Weren’t we last in the Pac12?

      • Gabby

        OUCH!!!!!

    • Gabby

      Hey killer, is that you? The breath smells the same….just saying

  • Fred Sampson

    Sam Darnold is the reason for the 10-2 record, and Tee Martin’s, accolades …. TRUST!

    • Golden Trojan

      Again you have no clue how well Tee and Ty get along/work together. As for Darnold, where would this team be if he cut his turnovers by at least half?

      • Independent_George

        Sam’s fumbles are problematic and strange. It’s like Sam has freakishly small hands or something, but the INTs are the price of designing your offense around a QB who can make plays when the initial play is blown up.

        Over on the Persistyle, RichSC, who knows much much more about football than Scottie, estimates that 1 out of 4 positive pass plays are Sam improvising after the called play and subsequent reads are blown up.

        • Peaceful Warrior

          Yes after he makes his first read and it’s covered he gets happy feet. Again Sam needs a lot work but is a great talent.

          • JBKayak

            Mainly do to offensive line troubles. Darnold, rightfully, has lost some confidence in his O line. Happy feet went down as he got more confident in the receiving corp and what remains of his happy feet, is a consequence of his O line not playing consistently.

          • Gabby

            Bingo you nailed it….good insight

          • Gabby

            He gets happy feet because the protection starts to breakdown

          • steveg

            If I had that line I would have happy feet at the snap.

        • Pudly76

          Not taking anything away from rich, but my mother knows more about football than scottie.

        • steveg

          So you are saying he makes time to look at his 2,3 and maybe 4 in progression?

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        Gomer would be out of a job if not for Darnold

        • Gabby

          Same comment 556 times…..give up

      • JBKayak

        10-2, 11-1 at best. Darnolds turnover rarely cost SC the game. In fact, I remember a few interceptions came on 3rd down and Darnold gets picked off on a deep pass, ending with similar field position as a punt. When the game is on the line, and he taking more chances but needs to be perfect, I can remember one turnover in two years. His fumble in the open series of ND was costly as it set the tone for the game.

    • steveg

      What does Tyson do that interferes with Martin? I don’t know anything about that, can you enlighten us? Martin will be leaving I hope, along with Bradford and the O line coach.

  • Pasadena Trojan

    Dumbfounded on this. SC did average over 35 points per game and 500 yards and that is all the voters saw. If they had seen every game, they would have not awarded this to him.

  • James Caso

    There are 15 Simi-finalists for the Broyles Award.;

    Alabama – Brian Daboll, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

    Auburn – Kevin Steele, Defensive Coordinator

    Clemson – Tony Elliot, Co–Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs

    Georgia – Mel Tucker, Defensive Coordinator

    Iowa State – Jon Heacock, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

    Miami – Manny Diaz, Defensive Coordinator

    Mississippi State – Todd Grantham, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

    Notre Dame – Mike Elko, Defensive Coordinator

    Oklahoma – Bill Bedenbaugh, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

    TCU – Chad Glasgow, Defensive Coordinator

    UCF – Troy Walters, Offensive Coordinator

    USC – Tee Martin, Offensive Coordinator/WR

    Washington – Pete Kwiatkowski, Defensive Coordinator

    Washington State – Alex Grinch, Defensive Coordinator / Secondary

    Wisconsin – Jim Leonhard, Defensive Coordinator

    • Pudly76

      Nice.

    • gotroy22

      No ruin listed?

      • Gabby

        There’re on the worst of list

    • Gabby

      Thanks for the gumball

  • SCSTEVE

    Great! If he wins, perhaps he will accept a position in SEC country, which is where he’s from. Then, maybe L. Swann can prevail on CH to hire a real OC, rather another friend or family member that is either over-the-hill or has little or no experience.

    • Independent_George

      We need a new DC and defensive staff more than a new OC. Clancy, Bradford and KU need to go.

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        So does Callaway and Baxter and we do need a new OC

        • SCSTEVE

          Very true. We need much much better coaching on both sides of the ball. Let’s see if L Swann has the leadership ability (guts?) to make these changes happen.

      • Sas

        Amen!
        I love BKU. He’s the only one I would allow to stay since we are 7th in the nation in sacks. But Pendegast and Ronnie Bradford have been big time bust. Big time!

        Add Neil Callaway to that list.

        • Paul Muad’dib

          I would keep BKU and Deland. Everyone else can kick rocks.

          • Gabby

            Hopefully Swann doesn’t take the kick-the-can-down-the-road approach

          • Sas

            I agree!

      • steveg

        You hook up with some good smoke? OC has to go, no question.

  • Peaceful Warrior

    Helton will probably win PAC 12 coach of the year. That outta drive you internet coaches crazy.

    • Trojan5

      Wilcox will probably win. CAL was demonstrably better this year

      • Peaceful Warrior

        Doubtful, either Leach or Helton. 2-6 Conf record does not get coach of year.

        • Trojan5

          Conf record is not good but CAL is so improved from a year ago I think he has a real shot. If not him Leach is probably the winner. I think the criticism of Helton is overblown , but USC did not look impressive this year

        • Gabby

          Exactly!

      • Fred Sampson

        I questioned Justin Wilcox when he was USC’s defensive coordinator, until I realized, his defense was left out to dry, because of Steve Sarkisian’s inability to keep his offense on the field

        • Trojan5

          I think a lot of us were a bit too harsh on Wilcox–I now I succumbed to peer pressure and called for his dismissal. He has been successful everywhere he has been except USC. Being a bay area guy I like it when CAL does well. And when they do it makes the league stronger.

          • Fred Sampson

            I agree, that’s one of the reasons why I want UCLA to hit a home run with their next hire, because it would force USC to step up their game, and also bring toughness to the conference

          • steveg

            The skinny jeans did for me.

  • Golden Trojan

    And next year when all these immature/inconsistent players start to gel, this staff will look quite impressive. And careful what you wish for, if Martin goes, Tyson will be the offensive coordinator.

    • Independent_George

      That’s my fear.

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        We shall see what Swann had to say after the season, something tells me that this staff will be upgraded whether Gomer wants it or not

  • LamontRaymond

    Infuriate you? Don’t project your crap on us, Scottie.

  • Ed Garrett

    writer is so rite! im infuriated, 15 poeple getting 1 reward??? smdh! but i geuss thats the times we live in, every one of these snowfalkes gets a trofee! gee thanks for riuning every thing drumpf!

  • Trojans 6942

    He’s a joke and everyone in the business knows it.

    • Gabby

      According to a source, wolf was banned from the restroom at the 5 guys WOW!……..how bad must it have been?

      I will check with the toilet crew(owns& killer) to get an update on this breaking news

      • Paul Muad’dib

        I love these inside scoop stories from the people of this blog. Very entertaining!

  • jim

    It just goes to show you that a lot of these pundits don’t know what they are talking about. I don’t know much about Kentucky U football or Mississippi State football but I know a lot about SC football because I follow it closely. Yet I hear a lot of commentators during the SC game on TV make statements that obviously show their ignorance and I’m sure all of you who follow SC closely would say “ditto to that”. Tee Martin is a good recruiter and I have always thought that he is a good receivers coach but when it comes to play calling, he’s not in the same universe with the really good ones like Norm Chow. Maybe he will be someday, but not today.

  • Gabby

    Hey wolf, you just took a massive double crotch kick followed by three uppercuts to the chin…..OUCH!!!

    No worries, beefcakes is on the scene to comfort the wolfman…..true love

  • Rabb

    Please add the Strength and Conditioning Coach to this list.

    • Gabby

      Did they have one?

      • Rabb

        Good point Gabby, the eye test, says heck no.

        • Gabby

          The ridiculous number of injuries needs to be called into question

  • San Diego trojan

    Good exposure for the program. My feeling is he leaves for Tennessee in some capacity. I just wish clay would define roles and let whoever is offensive coordinator to call all plays and be QB coach, and not half the duties up to his brother. No one good is going to want the job, if they don’t have control of the plays and the quarterback

    • Gabby

      I always thought Mark Helfrich was a good OC at Oregon before taking over the HC duties. He’s presently an analyst for FS1

  • Yale O. Leftwich

    Broyles award….an elite coach in the same league and era as Paul Bryant, Bud Wilkinson, John McKay…wonder what Broyles would think of these candidates for this award with his name on it.