Jaxson Dart returned to practice Tuesday but did very little and is not cleared by doctors.
However, the fact is he “week-to-week” according to Donte Williams could be setting up an interesting decision for the Notre Dame game on Oct. 23.
Dart won’t play this week vs. Utah and then USC has a bye week. If he participates in some practices the bye week, he could be available for Notre Dame.
Would Williams really roll into Notre Dame Stadium and play the freshman over Kedon Slovis, who played in South Bend two years ago?
That would be a huge gamble. On the other hand, this is Williams’ shot to impress people so if he thinks Dart is ready, maybe he would consider it.
The safe approach would be to start Slovis and if he struggles, go with Dart.
But Williams wants to make his mark and one of the few ways to do it is to beat Notre Dame.
- Penn State coach James Franklin seems to divide USC fans like no other candidate. He got mentioned Tuesday as a top candidate if the LSU job opens.
Here is the difference between Franklin and some other candidates for the USC job: Franklin has made it known he is interested and open to moving to L.A. That’s more than can be said at the moment about Luke Fickell or Chris Petersen.
And let’s remember how many times USC hired a football coach by default because the most-desired candidates turned it down. Franklin could move up the ladder simply by not saying no.