Warning To Wisconsin

Here’s a podcast I did with the Wisconsin State Journal on former USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, who recently became the Badgers defensive coordinator. In fairness, I say during the podcast I think Wilcox might be more successful with Wisconsin, where Big Ten offenses might not be so spread-oriented. Listen here

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On Matt Corral’s Commitment

Does it make sense for Matt Corral to commit to USC two years before he graduates? Clay Helton said he wanted to take one quarterback from that class. Here’s why it might appeal to Corral: Sam Darnold will be a redshirt junior when Corral enrolls. So if Corral redshirts, he might wait only one year to start. Or he might get a chance to start as a freshman if Darnold goes pro early.

This assumes Corral beats out whoever else is playing quarterback. And it assumes Corral comes to USC. I’ve seen him play once and I liked his grit. He also had Michael Pittman, who I think is the best receiver in USC’s class. So next year will be interesting to monitor especially if Oaks Christian upgrades its schedule.

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USC Recruits Well Except For Athletic Directors

In the history of USC, only one athletic director was actually an athletic director being being hired. Jess Hill and John McKay were football coaches. Mike Garrett and Haden worked in the private sector. Only Mike McGee, hired in 1984, was an actual athletic director when hired from the University of Cincinnati. I find that to be amazing.

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Larry Scott On Pat Haden

Here is Larry Scott’s not-surprising statement: “The Pac-12 salutes Pat Haden for his success and impact as athletic director of USC. Over the last six years, Pat was a valuable voice in conference matters and played a leadership role nationally with his fellow Athletic Directors and as a founding member of the College Football Playoff. As a former student-athlete, Pat served as a strong proponent for the benefits of the college experience, and led his Trojans to success on the field and in the classroom. We join the Trojan family in thanking him and wishing him all the best in retirement.”

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