Did you see Ed Orgeron wants to hire former USC defensive lineman Ryan Nielsen as LSU defensive coordinator? Nielsen is the New Orleans Saints’ defensive line coach.
The Saints, apparently, are balking.
Now this should not be a surprise to InsideUSC readers with long memories. Because a year ago, I wrote USC wanted to interview Nielsen for the defensive coordinator’s job but was denied permission by the Saints.
LSU will push a lot harder than USC, I’m sure, to get the Saints to back down. Nielsen’s stock will just keep increasing the longer things play out.
Nielsen was a soft-spoken player at USC but has become a rising star in coaching circles.
- Michigan’s leading rusher, Zach Charbonnet, has entered the transfer portal. USC recruited Charbonnet when he was at Oaks Christian.
But why would Charbonnet want to come to USC? It rushes the ball 39 percent of the time, has an offensive coordinator that doesn’t care if it runs and can’t even run a short-yardage play over center.
Then again, coaches can sometimes talk players into believing anything so maybe there is a chance for USC.