Did Joe Barry ever really want the USC defensive coordinator’s job?
He showed a lot of interest once he was notified he was not getting hired as Rams defensive coordinator. Clay Helton offered him the job earlier this week and believed he would take it.
Then the Rams bigfooted USC on Wednesday night and offered Barry a new contract. He accepted and remained in the NFL, leaving Helton stuck because he has so few coaching contacts. Where does Helton go now?
“Joe Barry was Clancy Pendergast 2.0,” said an NFL coach, who was not impressed with USC hiring Barry (pictured above in 1992).
It’s worth mentioning that USC has never had an African-American defensive coordinator, especially with Kris Richard apparently between jobs.
Helton told Pendergast four weeks ago he was firing him. And here we are back to Square One in the defensive coordinator search.
- Wide receiver Tyler Vaughns announced Thursay night he was returning for his senior season. The truth is Vaughns was probably closer to leaving after last season. His junior season was not overwhelming and his draft stock did not increase in 2019.
- Defensive tackle Jay Tufele also announced he would return. Why?
- I heard the football team had a discretionary run this week. Discretionary?
- Drake London has been sidelined from basketball because he has mononucleosis. It’s a tough transition going from football to basketball with no time off.
- A donor sent me this email regarding Mike Bohn: “I’m sick and tired of him telling boosters and fans that we need to support the program. He needs to do his job, the team needs to perform, and the support will follow.”
- Former USC women’s tennis coach Richard Gallien is now at Cal State L.A. It’s no surprise because the athletic director is Daryl Gross, who used to be Mike Garrett’s right-hand man at USC.
- Former USC basketball coach Henry Bibby has been named coach of the Tijuana Zonkeys pro basketball team.
- Ricky Bell is one of the greatest tailbacks in USC history and you can still make the case he was underappreciated.
Here is a quote from former UCLA coach Dick Vermeil on Bell in 1976 after Bell gained 136 yards in the 1975 Crosstown Rivalry:
“This is no knock (Ohio State tailback) Archie Griffin or (Cal tailback) Chuck Muncie, who also played against us, but Bell was the fastest, strongest and most durable and best running back we saw all year.
“Because USC didn’t pass well, we ganged up on Bell, gave him some tremendous shots, did everything but bury him, and he still kept coming. If we’d tackled Muncie and Griffin like that, they wouldn’t have finished the game.
“The others were outstanding but Bell is something else.”
- The most famous dog in USC history is obviously George Tirebiter, who used to stop classes by walking in unannounced so he could be petted.
Below is a picture from the 1975 commencement of Christina McCluggage, and her dog, Joker, who attended classes with her and received his “dog-torate.”