Let me give an example of why I criticize USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
I have mentioned he blitzes too much and leaves his cornerbacks in one-one coverage too much.
Last week, he blitzed and left redshirt freshman cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart by himself on Colorado’s top receiver, Laviska Shenault.
The results were predictable: Shenault caught a slant pass and raced 71 yards for a touchdown.
The Pendergast or USC supporters will counter he came back and made adjustments that shut out Colorado the entire fourth quarter.
But all the biggest adjustment I saw was Colorado QB Steven Montez suffering what looked like a concussion or at least a near-concussion. The Buffs offense was playing with one hand tied behind its back.
At no time does it seem like Pendergast bases what he does off what Colorado is doing.
- For what it’s worth, I’ve heard from two sources that Villanova athletic director Mark Jackson is not a top-tier candidate for the USC athletic director job.
- California entrepreneur Jeffrey Bizzack was sentenced to 2 months in prison for paying $250,000 to have his son admitted to USC as a fake volleyball recruit.