It appears the USC coaching staff will undergo another shuffle that is a bit unexpected and certainly not discussed.
Everyone knows USC needs a defensive coordinator and special teams coach.
But I’m hearing Graham Harrell wants to hire a buddy to be quarterbacks coach next season.
Harrell currently holds the titles of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at USC. He might be considered a genius by the media and message board crew, but he has a lot of influence with his new 3-year contract and apparently wants a friend to help him out.
That means USC will probably have one less coach on defense unless it decides to hire a special teams coach who also coaches defense.
- Here’s a photo below of Richard Wood (83), who you can make a case for best linebacker ever at USC. For many years, he was the first and only three-time All-American in USC history. He might have been a four-time All-American but freshmen were ineligible.
When a USC assistant coach arrived at Thomas Jefferson High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1970, there were around 10 athletes lined up to meet him, including Gil Chapman, who Parade magazine called the “No. 1 player in America” and went to Michigan.
Also at the school was future Notre Dame basketball player John Shumate.
But Wood wanted to go to USC, despite the distance, and his recruitment was fairly easy.
- When USC plays UC Davis in 2021, consider this: In 1960, USC fans saw Georgia QB Fran Tarkenton face the Trojans. He threw four interceptions in a 10-3 loss.
In 1962, Navy QB Roger Staubach came to the Coliseum to face No. 2-ranked USC. Navy nearly ruined USC’s national title hopes but fumbled on the 1-foot line in the fourth quarter and lost 13-6. Staubach had 219 yards in total offense, a high number in those days.
- Former USC offensive lineman Pat Harlow, who is the head coach at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, has hired ex-USC players Sam Baker and Rob Johnson as co-offensive coordinators.
Baker previously coached at his alma mater, Tustin, while Johnson coached with this father, Bob, at Mission Viejo.
- Former USC graduate assistant Austin Clark was hired by the Miami Dolphins as linebackers coach. Clark spent past seasons as defensive line coach at Illinois.
When Clark got offered the Illinois job, Helton offered to make him the “tight ends coach” who would actually coach the defensive line. No wonder Clark turned him down.
- Terry Bales, a former Daily Trojan sports editor, died Dec. 20 of congestive heart failure. He was 74. Bales was the official scorer for the Dodgers from 1984-1997 and taught for more than 40 years at Santa Ana College.
- It’s now been two weeks since the Holiday Bowl and USC linebacker Juliano Falaniko has still not apologized for kicking an Iowa player in the head.
- And finally . . . why am I including this video of Kirk Ferentz after the Holiday Bowl? Because when he talks I believe him. I don’t feel that way about you-know-who.