USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is a former Oregon player. So is linebackers coach Peter Sirmon. And if you read articles on Wilcox when he was at Washington, he enjoys a strong reputation as a player/coach in the Pacific Northwest.
So there are probably some Oregon fans perplexed over the heavy criticism Wilcox has taken at times at USC the past two seasons. And if USC defeats the Ducks, his stature will probably be even higher in Eugene. But will it grow in USC? Probably not.
I keep hearing if Clay Helton remains as USC coach, he will be encouraged by donors to hire Ed Orgeron as his defensive line coach. Other names popping up include former USC assistants Kennedy Polamalu (running backs) and DeWayne Walker (defensive coordinator).
USC interim coach Clay Helton does not believe the coaching situation will have an impact on recruiting.
““It’s USC,” Helton said. “The product is never going to change. It’s pretty easy.”
I’ve long argued recruiting is an overblown issue during coaching changes. Few recruits change their minds unless a coach drops them, which Steve Sarkisian did a couple years ago (as I note in the story). North Torrance LB Mique Juarez did decommit but everyone in recruiting circles expected that to happen even when Sarkisian was still the coach.