I’ve always been a believer that it’s way more important to hire a good coach than try to worry about one recruiting class being hurt because of the transition.
But the Pac-12 as a whole seems to have a bit of a dilemma. There are already coaching openings at USC, Washington and Washington State. UCLA and Arizona State could open up. Who ever knows what will happen at Cal? Oregon coach Mario Cristobal is interested in the Miami job, according to sources. Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith is getting mentioned for jobs.
So here’s my point: With most recruits preferring to sign in December now, the Pac-12 could really get hurt by having no coaches at some schools for the first signing date. USC’s recruiting class has been decimated by defections; Nick Rolovich destroyed recruiting at Washington State; Arizona State’s been hurt by the NCAA investigation and things could get worse for the Sun Devils. Chip Kelly is such an odd recruiter that it probably won’t matter at UCLA if he left.
Right now, USC’s recruiting class is ranked No. 68 by Rivals. Washington is No. 67. Washington State is No. 86.
And this is a conference that want to close the gap on the SEC?
Washington State can probably hire a coach quickly after the season. But USC and Washington might have such big targets that will need to wait until after the first signing day.