USC lost to Washington in the season finale, 7-4. The Trojans finished 21-34 and 8-22, last in the Pac-12. Since I don’t get the Pac-12 Network, I recommend watching a nearly six-minute in-game interview with USC pitcher CJ Stubbs. That’s not something you see on ESPN.
“We’re hungry,” Stubbs said. “Trust me. We’re going to be ready next year.”
Two things to keep in mind: USC was picked to finish 10th in the Pac-12 and finished 11th. Colorado does not field a team. So was this year understandable? On the other hand, USC is 49-62 the past two seasons.
USC commit Matt Corral is at Steve Clarkson’s quarterback retreat down in Coronado and won the long-distance competition with throws of 71 and 67 yards. There were also college quarterbacks working at the camp, including Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and UCLA’s Josh Rosen.
The New York Jets coaching staff is worth a mention. They have offensive coordinator John Morton, who was a long-time USC assistant coach (2007-11). Then there is QB coach Jeremy “Mr. Coffee” Bates (above right). Then there is assistant defensive backs coach Daylon McCutcheon. And to top it off, there is WR coach Karl Dorrell.
The Los Angeles Football Club plans to build a $30 million training facility at Cal State Los Angeles. Why wouldn’t LAFC build its facility adjacent to its new stadium in Exposition Park or somewhere by USC? The same reason why USC does not have a softball team.
There is no land for such projects. And in the rare situation when some land is available, USC will use it for the Village project that is scheduled to open in July.
Unable to get another NFL job, Chip Kelly’s signed a multi-year contract with ESPN as a studio analyst, “predominantly working college football pre-games, halftimes and studio wraps each Saturday on ESPN2.”
This is the logical landing place for Kelly, who will undoubtedly become a candidate for any big college jobs that open in the next year and until he takes another job. Despite USC’s Rose Bowl win, I’ve heard Kelly’s name in coaching circles as a potential USC candidate again, if that day ever arrives.