Do I think USC’s offense will be better this season under Graham Harrell? Yes.
I preface this item with that because of an interesting piece of information I got from someone with ties to North Texas, where Harrell was the offensive coordinator.
I’m told by a reliable source that if Harrell stayed at North Texas, he was going to have playcalling duties taken away from him and possibly would have lost the title of offensive coordinator.
It’s been previously reported that North Texas coach Seth Littrell might call plays this season.
What this shows is that Harrell might not have been viewed as highly at North Texas as at USC, where he is being treated as a savior. And he is fortunate Kliff Kingsbury left, which created the opportunity for Harrell to come to USC.
One criticism I’ve heard was that at North Texas, some coaches felt he did not really want to run the ball and would call run plays at the wrong time just to get them out of the way, because he was more interested in passing the ball.
- Meanwhile, here is Petros Papadakis’ take on the USC fake QB competition.