Florida freshman tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe has reportedly left the program and will transfer to USC. He is the older brother of wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, who recently committed to USC.
Daniel was the first commitment of new Florida coach Jim McElwain and enrolled early. He was a three-star recruit for the Class of 2015. And given USC’s shortage of tight ends, had a much better chance of playing than at Florida.
Time for our next edition of coaching roulette, where we highlight a USC coaching staff of the past. Why? Because it is fashionable for USC coaches (like Lane Kiffin, etc.) to say they hired the best staff in America (which they did not). And who will become a head coach one day like some of the assistants below?
Let’s check with 1972: There was Ray George, who was an actual member of the Thundering Herd teams of 1937-39 and one of the greatest linemen in USC history. He played on the 1938 team that upset top-ranked Notre Dame and previously unbeaten and unscored-upon Duke in the 1939 Rose Bowl. He later became the head coach at Texas A&M and beat coaching legends Bud Wilkinson (Oklahoma), Red Sanders (UCLA) and Bear Bryant (Kentucky).
Then there was wide receivers coach Wayne Fontes, who was the Detroit Lions head coach from 1988-96. He is the only Lions coach to lead the team to the NFC championship game (1991) and he drafted Hall of Fame tailback Barry Sanders over some objections.
Offensive coordinator John Robinson succeeded John McKay at USC, where he won a national title, and also coached the Los Angeles Rams, where he reached two NFC title games.
We now have our second over/under season-victory total for USC and UCLA and it’s not much different than last week. The sportsbook 5Dimes lists USC at 8.5 and UCLA at 9.5. So we seem to have a split between the initial sportsbooks and preseason college magazinez/Danny Kanell. Or this is some lack of faith in coaching?
You can bet the USC women’s golf team is talking about the format change the NCAA made this year to the championship. The Trojans were first after four rounds, which in the past would mean they won the title. But the top 8 teams now go to match play and in the semifinals, Stanford defeated USC 3 and 2.
ESPN analyst Danny Kanell picks USC No. 3 in his preseason top-four poll. This is the same person who said after the Josh Shaw incident last August that it was a chance for UCLA to take over in recruiting.
“I think this is a huge opportunity for UCLA to take a firm grasp of that city in recruiting, in the state there, and really taking over as a powerhouse in the state. There is so much talent on the West Coast,” Kanell said.
You can make a case that Gus Williams (1972-75) was the most successful player in USC history. An All-American in 1975 (which by itself puts him above many better-known players), Williams then enjoyed a stellar pro career, scoring 14,093 points and averaging 17.1 points per game (by comparison Paul Westphal scored 12,809 points and averaged 15.6). Williams led the Seattle SuperSonics to the 1979 NBA title and averaged 28.6 points in the NBA Finals. He was a first-team All-NBA pick in 1982. His No. 1 jersey is retired by the Sonics.
The former Louisville guard is transferring to USC, according to Scout.com. Not a big surprise as I mentioned yesterday, since he played club basketball with USC assistant Jason Hart and reportedly intended to live with Hart when he tried to attend Taft in Woodland Hills.
To say he has some baggage is an understatement. He was suspended nine games by the NCAA last season “it was determined that his family received preferential treatment related to housing prior to Aaron’s enrollment at (Louisville).”
He also attended three high schools: Mater Dei, Taft (where the Southern Section ruled him ineligible) and Rainier Beach in Seattle. He averaged 1.3 points at Louisville last season and Coach Rick Pitino was not complimentary.
In case you were away for the weekend, this was the first of a new series, where I randomly pick a USC coaching staff of the past and look at its accomplishments. One reason is because every time someone gets hired at USC (like Lane Kiffin) they say they are hiring the best staff in America. And they do not. Well, let’s see how the staff of the past compared.
Here’s a look at some of the 1965 coach staff: Mike Giddings was the head coach at the University of Utah in 1966-67 and also became head coach of the Hawaii World Football League team. Craig Fertig, a former USC player, became the head coach at Oregon State from 1976-79. Charlie Hall became the director of player personnel for the Houston Oilers.
Mel Hein was the NFL’s MVP in 1938 as a center. A center! An eight-time all-pro center, he was a charter member of the NFL Hall of Fame in 1963. Imagine that background for a coach today. Jim Stangeland, a former USC player, led Long Beach State and Long Beach City College to its greatest success, including a national title at Long Beach City in 1964.
Former Louisville guard Shaqquan Aaron is believed to be down to USC and San Diego State for his next college choice. USC should have an advantage because Aaron played for USC assistant coach Jason Hart’s club basketball team when he was younger and transferred to Taft in Woodland Hills when Hart was the coach.