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).
Other than Tyson Helton’s departure to Tennessee, the USC coaching staff is intact. But the amount of rumors of departures/firings might be unprecedented for a team that won 11 games. Here’s the key: Will any changes be made before Signing Day?
If USC is going to make big changes, will it worry if recruits care? Then again, with only three coaches who actually recruit, maybe it will not matter. All I know is there are rumors every day about staff shuffles.
There are reports Ken Norton Jr. will be the new defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. That means Pete Carroll will really be the defensive coordinator, which is what he always prefers.
Meanwhile, former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze reportedly is interviewing at Alabama. That is how Nick Saban works. He doesn’t mind hiring former head coaches for coordinator jobs. Can you imagine USC doing that?
The above rendering is for a $300 million residential/commercial project on Figueroa St. across from the soccer stadium being built on the former site of the Sports Arena.
But the interesting part was who gets quoted for the company, Ventus Group.
“The Fig will serve as a multigenerational staple in the overall fabric of the USC/Exposition Park submarket of LA by creating more housing and providing neighborhood-serving hospitality, office and retail destinations,” said John David Booty of Ventus Group.