Arizona State Hires Chris Claiborne

I wrote yesterday to expect more coaching departures and Arizona State has hired Chris Claiborne as linebackers coach.

USC should never let its Butkus Award winner go to a Pac-12 rival. Claiborne has a ton of Southern California recruiting contacts.

It’s telling when he worked at USC this past season, he was put on the offensive side of the staff. Not even coaching linebackers, which is handled by Todd Orlando.

Sounds like Orlando was feeling insecure.

35 thoughts on “Arizona State Hires Chris Claiborne

    1. owns, you’re back! I thought it took at least 24 hours to pass concussion protocol from this morning’s melee… next time, keep up your guard.

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      1. Why keep up my guard up for a light flyweight, tomato can, with a tissue paper jaw like yourself, ’67?

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      2. ownsie, the reason you should keep your guard up is because you get your bony ass kicked here, 24/7. Now get back to concussion protocol. And no drinking for the next 24 hours. Try to have some self-control.

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      3. Only a couple hours locked in an equipment closet if you subscribe to the Mike Leach school of thought.

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      1. That February, 2019 date must be a typo… that powerhouse gutty team must have recorded at least ONE win since then, no? Not even one?

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    1. The difference with Ken was that he moved to a much better opportunity from ucla to USC. I don’t see ASU as an upgrade, despite USC’s issues. Would loved to have kept Chris.

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      1. UCLA is top school nationally- as is USC. A move from Westwood to Los Angeles being better is debatable (if you are strictly talking opportunity, then yes, the opportunity to coach at SC while your alma mater shuns you, is much better). ASU is not upgrade in either case. Herm Edwards does have it going a little at ASU and is becoming a more viable option for recruits, coaches, etc. . Interesting how ASU and Oregon are trying to poach and become big players in SoCal. Nothing new, just seems more concerted.

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      2. Arturo, yes, I am looking at these moves by Norton, Jr. and Chris purely on the basis of the better coaching job. Norton went to USC around ’03, Pete’s heyday, the best football program in the country. Chris moving to ASU…well, we should have been able to keep him.

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      3. Here is what you are all missing(you can debate programs all you want). Staff analysts and quality control assistants are volunteer or grad school jobs. IE not pay. They are not allowed pay (in the grad assistant case they are allowed a small living stipend, books, fees and tuition.) They are not allowed to travel with the team unless they foot their own bill and can not be on the field on game day or recruit. NCAA rules. So I would say ASU is a much better job that he was offered. SC felt he had no value to them even though he will be of great value at any program in the nation. Once again window dressing and bells and whistles, and getting your friends a pay check is how this school works now. Ask Baker, ask Tyson, ask all of orlando’s buddies. You can’t break your back for the university too long for free. I did it for 4 years and turned a program around 45-50 hrs a week for free just cause it was my school. They didn’t give a crap. But my group was productive enough to be the difference to win a conference title and top 2 at nationals, when my group was non existent before I got there. Almost lost my house because of it. So good luck Chris and do well, you will be great, just as you were at Calabasas. Id take Chris over helton, orlando or harrell as the head coach of this program any day. He has more successful experience as a head than all of them put together before he got to USC

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      4. Vault – agreed. My point is that they should have kept him by offering him a coach’s job. He clearly wouldn’t stay to remain a QCA.

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  1. This is tragic. Claiborne is a singular player, coach, and transcendent figure of USC tradition.

    Good leadership puts talent in the right positions and delegates responsibilities to grow staff. I see no leadership present in USC football currently.

    ASU just made a great hire. The departure of such talent and leadership from USC continues unabated, and likely will into the foreseeable future.

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  2. What a joke USC has become. Since this coaching staff has come from some smaller non-factor programs there is absolutely no loyalty to the USC tradition. Slowly but surely Herm Edwards is gaining ground on Southern California recruiting.
    In regards to Claibourne he was smart leaving, and knows next year he will probably have to find another job anyway once Helton gets fired, and the new coach hires his own staff. Wow- we really missed out on a future great linebacker coach which is one area we are lacking.
    USC is now Texas Tech or North Texas West instead of Trojans we are now followers looking to only stay competitive in the Pac 12 South rather than nationally. We once would Fight On, now we “Lay Low”, and let others feed on our incompetence as a football program.
    Folks the only way we can change things is don’t give any money to the program, and don’t go to the games even if you are allowed to attend at some point after this pandemic. USC today only thinks of the mighty dollars that comes in from the football program well if that continues to disappear they won’t be able to afford to pay Helton, Bone, and Caroll Burnett Folt. Your currently paying close to 10 million in salary for 3 individuals who could care less about once again winning a national championship as long as the big paycheck comes in every month. Football is important to USC, and if the income continues to decline as it is along with student enrollment it will force changes at the top.
    It’s now time to FIGHT ON only against this pandemic, and for that reason USC football should becomes much less important in our lives especially based with the poor leadership and decisions being currently made at this university.

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  3. Doesn’t surprise me one bit that Coach Claiborne decided that perfecting his craft with a Cal alum was a better bet that under a Drill Sgt Carter look alike.

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  4. No disrespect to Claiborne because I feel we made a huge mistake letting him walk.
    I can’t even say who our LB coach was last year. But going into last season sometimes you have to take the work that you don’t want and even a Butkus Award winner has to put the time sometimes. That said I think it’s disrespectful to not interview him for a promotion or even bring him over to the defensive side in some capacity. That’s USC.

    I won’t feel sorry Clay Helton when he is booted. We have no reason to feel sorry when these kind of moves are made and you big league a legend that played for the Trojans.

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      1. Right.
        I think we had a very average defense and Orlando was almost the exact guy as Pendergast. Bend but don’t break. I hate that.

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  5. Actually Pudly, most analysts are volunteers. Only a select few in the country are not. See you have to have an allowable restricted slot left on your staff and most don’t. All those Bama former head coaches turned analyst are not paid, they just go there cause they can afford (buyouts) to and be resurrected by Sabin. Usually cause they have the same agent. The analysis doesn’t have a title cause there is someone else coaching his specialty in front of him. In this case Orlando who already has an OC paycheck also has the title of LB coach. Since JDB left for Ole Miss a restricted slot came open. Helton offered him a small pittance and an official position (not LB) to counter herms offer but it was chump change in comparison. Even though he was an under grad in ’19 he was allowed to get grad asst stipend. In ’20 he wasn’t since he got his ba and they had their allotment of paid coaches. So you tell me what you would have done. He was lucky to have saved money from nfl days and his nflpa pention so he could help his university. Maybe some of that video hype money and blvd money could actually have been spent on keeping a coach that has a proven track record in high school of making kids better. Herm is a smart man who has won on every level and this is why.

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