Cornerback Adoree Jackson announced he would skip his senior year and enter the NFL draft. Jackson waited until the final day to make his announcement but the decision is not a surprise. Now who will be the dynamic punt/kick returner next season? Who will provide solid-if-not-always spectacular cornerback play? Jack Jones? Jonathan Lockett? There is no quick fix.
USC finished 27th in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll, dropping out after losing to Utah and defeating Colorado. Full poll after the jump:
Alabama has hired Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne as its new athletic director, according to multiple reports. Byrne was athletic director at Arizona since 2010 and also was the A.D. at Mississippi State. So Alabama hired an athletic director who actually had experience as an athletic director. What a concept!
Byrne’s name got floated during USC’s search for an athletic director last year but school president Max Nikias always wanted Lynn Swann so no one else had much of a chance. The USC way, as some in the athletic dept. tell me.
UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, who made $760,000 in 2015, was fired by Bruins coach Jim Mora. Details here.
If Adoree Jackson came back next year, should he play more offense? He might not be able to raise his stock much as a cornerback and his size might be an issue. But as an offensive player/kick returner, would he have more value to NFL teams?
I still find it crazy that Jackson played so much offensively against Penn State but got in for one play against Stanford, which turned out to be a vital game for USC’s season.
Justin Wilcox hired former Oregon assistant Steve Greatwood as offensive line coach at Cal. Greatwood was offensive line coach at USC under Paul Hackett, but don’t hold that against him.
Joe Barry, who left USC after the 2011 season because he was frustrated working with Monte Kiffin, was hired by the Rams as assistant head coach and linebackers coach. He was the Washington Redskins defensive coordinator last season, where there was some controvesy over whether Su’a Cravens should play linebacker or safety. Barry played Cravens at linebacker but Cravens is expected to play safety next year.
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.