Here are the returning starters of each Pac-12 team next season:
ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has released his latest first-round mock draft. Here’s the top five: 1. Browns – Josh Allen 2. Giants – Josh Rosen 3. Colts – Bradley Chubb 4. Browns – Saquon Barkley 5. Broncos – Sam Darnold.
Meanwhile, Kiper has USC defensive end Rasheem Green going to the Patriots with the 32nd pick in the first round.
Former USC wide receiver Keary Colbert is expected to be the Trojans’ tight ends coach next season, according to sources. Colbert has been an offensive quality control assistant at USC.
The tight ends were coached by John Baxter the past two seasons, so Baxter will now focus on special teams. This means two staff members have been promoted from within because Bryan Ellis was reportedly hired as the new quarterbacks coach, replacing Tyson Helton.
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.
Former USC safety Ronnie Lott was one of six new members added to the College Football Playoff committee. The other new members are here. Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens will be the new chair.
UPDATED: College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said Lott will not have to recuse himself when discussing USC.
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.