Former USC wide receivers coach John Morton has reportedly been fired by the New York Jets as offensive coordinator. You know who might replace him? Jets QBs coach Jeremy Bates, the former USC offensive coordinator aka Mr. Coffee. It’s simply stunning the way some guys get recycled in coaching.
Will the fact USC is still USC when it comes to recruiting be enough of an edge to overcome Chip Kelly at UCLA or avoid upsets vs. Kevin Sumlin at Arizona? That is my question in today’s column.
Excerpt: Anyone who watched USC squeak out victories over Texas, Utah, Arizona, UCLA or Stanford last season knows the Trojans need every talent advantage they can get. In its current form, USC probably will not beat teams of equal talent. So it needs those four-and-five star players to overcome coaching blunders.
As Sam Darnold appears headed toward being a top 2 NFL draft pick, here’s a few things to remember: He didn’t graduate high school early, played another sport (basketball) in high school, didn’t become a slave to club 7-on-7 football and went to his neighborhood school (San Clemente).