USC plays Colorado tonight at 5:30 p.m. (PT) on ESPNU and the Trojans could use a victory after losing two of their past three Pac-12 games. Colorado is 0-4 in the Pac-12 so a loss hurts. And the Trojans play Arizona on Thursday at the Galen Center, so a loss tonight could turn into a four-game losing streak. Also looming is UCLA on Jan. 25.
Clay Helton: USC coach
Justin Wilcox: California coach
Tim Drevno: Michigan offensive coordinator
Tee Martin: USC offensive coordinator
Peter Sirmon: Louisville defensive coordinator
REACTION: This staff was so good USC went 9-4 and lost to two double-digit underdogs (Boston College, Arizona State).
When Mike Riley was offensive coordinator at USC, Mark Banker joined the staff as a defensive assistant. Banker then followed Riley to Oregon State and pair spent the next 20 out of 21 years together. But Riley fired Banker this week . . . by a cell phone call while Banker was at the airport.
“That’s just disappointing, that it’d be a phone call and not face-to-face,” Banker told the Omaha World-Herald. “Be grown men about it. It’s a communication thing. Let’s just be good communicators.”
At least this time Banker actually got a phone call.
The Chargers switched from the Dodger-influenced L.A. logo to a more-appropriate power blue and yellow version Friday. But then, they switched to a completely different logo on their twitter account (below). This move to Los Angeles seems to be about as well planned as when USC hires a football coach.
Also finished JuJu’s film. His struggles to separate vs. man sticks out like a sore thumb. I’ll be pretty surprised if he is drafted top-32.
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 12, 2017
Justin Wilcox, the incoming Cal coach, is Mr. Bland. Unless he is in a coaches’ booth yelling profanity on the headsets during a game.
So the top priority for him is to hire good recruiters on his coaching staff. Tosh Lupoi, the controversial former Washington assistant currently rehabilitating as an Alabama assistant, is a frontrunner to become defensive coordinator. So Wilcox needs some offensive assistants who can recruit. And someone who can call plays. And someone who can motivate the team. And . . .
It’s going to be fun watching this unfold the next couple seasons. Plus I get to run that picture about 1,000 more times.
About two weeks ago, I cautioned about comparisons between this USC basketball team and the 1971 edition, which went 24-2 and was ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll. After last night’s loss to Utah, USC is 2-3 in the Pac-12 after five games.
And here’s the real stat: USC coach Andy Enfield is 0-7 overall against Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak.