For the first time since October 2015, the USC coaching staff is no longer in flux. Since that nasty October day the Trojans have terminated Steve Sarkisian, Justin Wilcox, Keith Heyward, Chris Wilson, and Bob Connelly. They also lost Peter Sirmon to Mississippi State and Marques Tuiasosopo to UCLA. Now, after three months, the staff has officially been finalized.
Behold! Your 2016 USC coaching staff…unless someone gets poached a week later:
|Head Coach||Clay Helton||Houston||Quarterback|
|Offensive Coordinator/WR||Tee Martin||Tennessee||Quarterback|
|Running Backs||Tommie Robinson||Troy State||Safety|
|Offensive Line||Neil Callaway||Alabama||Multiple|
|Special Teams/TE||John Baxter||Loras College|
|Defensive Coordinator||Clancy Pendergast||Arizona|
|Defensive Line||Kenechi Udeze||USC||Defensive End|
|Linebackers||Johnny Nansen||Wash St.||Linebacker|
|Defensive Backs||Ronnie Bradford||Colorado||Cornerback|
Not a terrible group, but quite a few unproven people. Tee Martin, Ronnie Bradford, and Kenechi Udeze may turn out to be absolutely great at their jobs, but, much like Helton, they don’t have enough of a record to give a fair evaluation. With four out of ten of the coaches looking to make a name for themselves and some more on the fringe, the best you can really be is cautiously optimistic. However, once you place that in context of the 2016 season opener against the defending national champion, Alabama, it’s hard to stay that way.
Meanwhile, Alabama hasn’t had nearly as much turnover. They’ve had stability that produced four national titles in seven season and 10+ wins for the past eight seasons. They also feature two former Trojan coaches.
Everybody remembers Lane Kiffin, but what about Bo Davis? Davis was the one that was a USC defensive line coach for all of one week before being hired away to Alabama. I bet HR was pretty mad about dealing with his paperwork. He remains at the same position in Tuscaloosa alongside Kiffin. It’ll be a fun game against those two…
Let’s hope that the playcalling won’t be sponsored by this Yogurtland flavor:
Apparently, Ronnie Bradford is a huge supporter of the blog! HAH.
Rep that City of Angles, man! This guy already has my support.