Since many people think the world revolves around USC, Graham Harrell is being mentioned by fans as a candidate at Washington State. So I will play along.
How would USC possibly survive replacing Harrell, who refused to run the football in Holiday Bowl; got shut down by Washington and Oregon and put up 3 points against Arizona State in the final three quarters?
Harrell is already a legend in some circles partly because Kedon Slovis passed for 515 yards against an atrocious UCLA defense. He also feasted on Cal’s insane decision to play man-to-man defense the week before the UCLA game.
Let me address something else he gets credit for: Slovis.
First off, everyone talks about Slovis being coached by Kurt Warner in high school, so it sounds like he deserves some credit.
Harrell defenders will also say the offense was hurt by the fact Matt Fink had to play in some games. Well, here’s what one former USC assistant coach says about that:
“Your backups prove how good a coach you really are,” he said. “They will tell you. It’s easy to coach the starters. They get all the reps.”
Also, let’s not forget Fink played because Harrell decided Jack Sears was the No. 4 QB. That was ridiculous and more about sending a message to Sears that he should leave. I bet he would have played better in the Holiday Bowl.