There is some buzz today that Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich might be interested in the USC job. Jurich is from Arcadia, so he obviously has local ties. Again, a question would be whether Rick Pitino’s NCAA issues would tarnish his image and chances.
Louisville actually issued a statement today denying Jurich applied for the USC job, for what it’s worth.
“I am not going to (USC),” Jurich told TV station WLKY. “People say what they want because I’m from there . . . I’m staying right where I am.”
USC announced athletic director Pat Haden felt lightheaded this morning and was treated by medical personnel outside Heritage Hall. He was taken to his doctor’s office. Haden reportedly felt the way he did at the Notre Dame when he fell to a knee.
One name not mentioned yet among the possible candidates for athletic director that has surfaced behind the scenes is former Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross. For years, Gross was Mike Garrett’s right-hand man and led most of the coaching searches that defined Garrett’s tenure, including the hiring of Pete Carroll.
The first issue is whether USC, which has been extremely averse to anyone with NCAA baggage, would even consider Gross after the violations at Syracuse. Gross was not implicated in directly breaking or ordering any rules to be broken during his tenure. That was also true of former basketball coach Tim Floyd.
Clay Helton did a fan chat today and as you might imagine it wasn’t earth shattering. Helton said kicker Alex Wood was moving on from the program, which was expected. He also said he would use the tight ends at fullback. That is what happens when you no longer recruit fullbacks. He also wants the team to get stronger, which is what he said after the Holiday Bowl.
What kind of background check do you think the search firm of Brill Neumann will do on candidates for athletic director? The search firm of Korn Ferry was criticized over Steve Sarkisian past, although this is pretty bogus because many people within the USC athletic dept. knew about his personal issues and looked the other way.
That wasn’t a search firm’s fault. That was a USC problem. But somewhat gets blamed and it won’t be anyone at USC. So now Brill Neumann is on the clock. They better hire some private investigators if they want to avoid bad publicity.
With Pat Haden resigning in June, every coach will feel a little anxiety about their future or getting along with a new boss. Ironically, men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield would have been on the hottest seat prior to his current 18-5 record. Now I hear some people actually worried Enfield might leave for another job. Don’t ever count me in that camp.
The truth is most coaches are replaceable. The notable exception is Pete Carroll. Andy Enfield is an inherently decent person. He is doing a good job this season. He is not Pete Carroll.