USC Morning Buzz: Graham Harrell’s Ex-QB Seems Happy

North Texas quarterback Mason Fine said at Conference USA media day that his new offensive coordinator Bodie Reeder is preparing him for the NFL

“He is teaching me a lot of things for the next level, NFL wise,” Fine said.

This is interesting because the USC peanut gallery acts like nobody could possibly learn anything more than being coached by Graham Harrell, who came to USC from North Texas.

Reeder came to North Texas from Eastern Washington.

  • No one cares but USC coach Caryl Smith-Gilbert seems to get rid of at least one assistant coach every season. She has had four-or-five jumps/multi-event coaches in six years.

Carjay Lyles, who was hired last July, lasted less than a year. But it looks like this departure came with a price.

  • Ayden Owens, the Pac-12 freshman of the year, and one of the top NCAA decathletes in the nation, is transferring to Michigan.

Owens was recruited by USC assistant Sheldon Blockberger, who got fired by Smith-Gilbert. Then he was coached by Lyles, who was removed last month. So he would have had his third multi-events coach next year.

“The multi position at USC was just a little too unstable,” Owens said. “For my long-term success, I felt like I needed one decathlon coach who could really get me to the next level, and I felt like USC wasn’t really the best place for that.”

It’s a big blow for a men’s team that struggled last season and needs all the help it can get.

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8 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: Graham Harrell’s Ex-QB Seems Happy

  1. “He is teaching me a lot of things for the next level, NFL wise,” Fine said.

    “This is interesting because the USC peanut gallery acts like nobody could possibly learn anything more than being coached by Graham Harrell”

    “Reeder came to North Texas from Eastern Washington.”

    This seems to be gratuitously insulting, and without content.

    Whoever said that a young QB couldn’t learn more? You don’t think Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers learns more every year? Sheesh….

    Second, Harrell has a record – he turned UNT into a 35 ppg and 460 per game offense in one year – we’ll see what he does this fall.

    Third, you don’t think that a guy hired from Eastern Washington is any good? Where do you think coaches get their start?

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      1. Exactly, 67. And we wanna make USC the place kids with Big Dreams wanna come to again…..
        #…NotThePlaceKidsWithBigDreamsWantToLeave….

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    1. What is he supposed to say?

      Part of getting ready for the next level is that you never diss your college coaches, no matter how terrible. NFL coaches are just as petty and insecure as college coaches, so any hint that a college player is less than 1010% grateful for his coaches will be seen as a character defect.

      During his interviews Sam never dissed Clay or Tee, he just answered “We didn’t do it that way.” And boy, I am sure Sam could have gone off.

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  2. I hope everybody is as sick as I am of hearing great athletes say the words “I decided that USC was not the best place for my long term success…”
    Whether he deserves it or not (and he does deserve it), the symbolism of getting rid of Swann and bringing in a REAL Athletic Director would really improve our brand right now.

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  3. All those people fired, for what? There is no explanation for the track coaches being fired. If it was a whim then USC has a problem. If it was for cause, then USC needs to screen better. Either way the story is incomplete. As far as the “star” athlete leaving goes this is a snowflake problem. Kids will quit without looking at the big picture. I had a saxophone player quit band because our performance interfered with kids league soccer practice. I told him, “you don’t get a grade for little league or Jr. Soccer league – make a choice.” He did. He missed the concert , transferred out of class, got an F in the class and then was cut from the team. Great choice kid.

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