All things being equal, Sam Darnold always seemed like someone that actually might come back for his junior year. I certainly heard that from many USC fans. I always thought it was 50-50 going into the 2017 season.
But going into next year, Darnold knew he would have a 29-year-old first-time quarterbacks coach. Now it might be an awesome first-time coach. But would you want to risk your NFL stock and possibility of being the No. 1 pick on that chance?