USC Hires Offensive Line Coach

The deal to hire Houston offensive line coach Brandon Jones but Lincoln Riley hired Texas A&M offensive line coach John Henson on Sunday.

I’m told Henson will make close to the $900,000+ being paid to USC assistant coach Donte Williams so a big play was made to get him to Los Angeles.

Henson was also an offensive line coach at Oklahoma State and LSU.

One funny note is Henson was hired in 2017 as offensive line coach at Arizona State but left after a month to return to his alma mater, Oklahoma State. Imagine the fanboys tonight if Riley had a hired an ASU offensive line coach. Not quite the same reaction.

63 thoughts on “USC Hires Offensive Line Coach

    1. And in that game against Alabama, A&M’s quarterback completed 70% of his passes and had plenty of time to throw.
      #LooksLikeWeFinallyGotTheRightGuyForTheO-Line

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  1. i dont now why john gotta all ways try to put some buddy down when he write,all most like he got his own problims he dont wanna any one to see,remines me of ugly poeple who gotta put on thare face every day but i still see them as same ugly person but they spend all thare time tryin to be some buddy else,but misses ed all ways say ed u leave them poeple a lone they gotta do some thing with thare day so who cares that they being ugly,shure is weerd tho,

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      1. Why are you such a prick ? Obviously a hack in the courtroom.

        Run away to Hawaii. Your comments are worthless from over there.

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    1. More divine wisdom from the illustrious Ed G. Thanks so much ED. The world is a better place because of you. It’s christmas time….a season of peace and love and joy…..and who better illustrates that then the illustrious Ed G? Keep up the good work Eddie. All the code breakers of the world see you as the next Ophra.

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  2. Everything that I have read on the internet about this guy says that he is bigtime. That’s what they needed…..a bigtime O-Line coach. He’s also a great recruiter.

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    1. P-man007 you are right that we finally have a big time OL coach. I sense Wolfie snark because he had a stint at ASU. This hire is a big step up from Neil Callaway. Enough said.

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      1. Snark is Scott’s brand. It wouldn’t be the same Scott if he didn’t snark —that said, this is a great hire& should land us some players…..
        #We’reNotOuttaTheWoodsQuiteYet–ButUSC’sComingBackFAST

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      2. Helton simply didn’t have the clout to get a guy like this. Why would a big time O-Line coach at a big time program like T A&M want to leave that job to come and work for someone who is constantly on the hot seat like Clay Helton?

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      3. Your statement about the last good O-Line coaches that we had was Tim Davis and Pat Ruell……Tim Davis…yes………Pat Ruell…no. When PC went to Seattle, he practically took his whole staff with him with the exception of Pat Ruell. Ruell spent the next year coaching in the United Football League(a minor league semi-pro league). Finally, a year later, Carroll took him on as an assistant O-Line coach because they were old friends from back in the days when they were starting out at the university of Arkansas under Lou Holtz.

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  3. I hope Scott is right on this. Everything that I have read about this guy says that he is big time. I have questions in my mind since the only place that I have heard about this signing is from the Wolfman.

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    1. This is inside USC come on now. The blogger has to live up to its name once in a while.
      Don’t question him he wouldn’t lie to us, now would he? Lol.

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  4. well, it would seem sc got another ‘gem’ for an important position…AND
    I read Andy Enfield has a new contract extension, which nobody knows about but the privileged, which seems to have leaked out…

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  5. My question is, what happened to Houston’s offensive line coach, all of the media outlets said it was a done deal? Nevertheless, I’m glad Lincoln Riley finally got it done, and let’s hope he doesn’t have a change of heart if Texas A&M comes back with a bigger offer

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    1. I was thinking the same thing, Bill. We have to keep this guy —not only is he a great o-line coach but we have to show other schools we mean business: when we say “we got him”, we have to “have” him.
      #WhateverItTakes

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    2. That’s because all the media you consume is Fake News! Fwiw, I’d heard nothing about it, but then again I don’t pay a second of attention to the fake news sunshine up your ass gaslighting Helton apologist pay sites and message boards.

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  6. Henson can recruit. I’d say an upgrade over Neil Callahan.

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    1. May I amplify that compliment, Charles? Josh is an upgrade over every O-Line coach in recent memory —and a couple of Head Coaches too…
      #….AndACoupleOfUniversityPresidentsWhileWe’reAtIt….

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      1. Yeah, tell it like it is, MG, and wile Riles is cleaning house with the Helton staff, why doesn’t he clean house with the prez and athletic director too.

        Ok, firing Fault & Bon-Bon may be above Riley’s pay grade (maybe that is a poor cliche to use with Riles’ $9-Million+ contract).

        Besides, Wiley should forget the administration and spend his time getting some defensive animals to compliment that offensive juggernaut he is scheming.

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      2. Riley’s Success Formula:
        -“Killer Apes with Death In Their Eyes” Offense
        -“Let’s Just Slow The Other Guys Down” Defense

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    2. I’ll believe it when I see it on the field. I will give Coach Muppet a chance. He can’t be worse than what USC has had in the past. My concern is that he looks like a mouth breathing pud.

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  7. Well, at least Henson looks like an offensive lineman. Does he have any eligibility left?

    And he hung 41 points on Alabama?– That means he could hang 62 on sucla to get even with those Midget-Bears.

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    1. As long as we’re hoping, I’m hoping we can get 63 points outta Henson when we see Chip next time around…..
      #CuzGivenTheAttentionWe’reGivingThe”D”,We’llNeed’Em

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      1. Michael:
        Grinch is a fine DC–way better than anything we’ve had since about 2008. Our D will be “OK”–including against the Chippers.

        Do you think DTR returns for another year at UCLA?

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  8. Oh, and I almost forgot. Henson caused me to lose a bet when his team barely beat Colorado in the last minute, something like 14-10. So let’s not get carried away just because he was able to score on Alabama, which several other teams have been able to do this season.

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    1. The 2021 A&M team was, in someone’s immortal words, “good not great.” But they REALLY were good —nobody blew them out the way USC got blown out under Helton.
      #AndUnlikeOtherTeamsThatScoredOnBama,A&MWon

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      1. Yep. Nice point, John. A&M’s defense was amazing […and as much as we criticize Oklahoma’s defense it was like 40 ranking points over USC’s]….

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  9. Scottie, you keep talking about fanboys and sycophants and what if a guy was at ASU and blah blah blah.

    What has Riley done so far?

    Signed 4 5 stars and 3 4 stars for ’22 and ’23 since arriving.

    Cleaned house on the coaching staff with the exception of Donte. And most of those coaches are known at first rate recruiters including Henson.

    Visited a bunch of schools, several which hadn’t seen a USC recruiter in year.

    Obviously no guarantee of success, but looking beyond 2022, is there a school that looks obviously better than USC? (Saban is ’70).

    Since Riley has been hired, he realistically couldn’t achieved more than he has.

    Except for the posters, there hasn’t been much of value here outside of the Friday history columns, which are superb.

    Good article below about the guy below.

    https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/32896243/lincoln-riley-usc-trojans-starting-believe-again

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      1. And you all act like it means being a Kool Aid drinking apologist. That’s how we got here! Oh, Pat Haden will save us, oh Lynn Swann is a true Trojan…

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      2. Bourbon –I just hope Owns and tebow are okay…. not like them to leave us COMPLETELY alone……

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      3. Housekeeping –I think the word “out” needs to be added to my reply, 67—
        and smackyd –hate to admit it –but 100% on your “that’s how we got here” remark…
        #ButRileyIsNoHadenOrSwann

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      1. I have this sneaking suspicion Scott won’t become a believer until Riley and Enfield win NC’s in the same year…and not before…..
        #AndMaybeNotEvenThen…

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      1. Glad they changed the ending in the movie version of The Natural —Roy Hobbs deserved that Big Home Run…
        #..SoDidTheFans

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    1. trojan1967,

      Rioley could have won the national championship by now. LOLOL. Seriously though, he is doing waht SC needs, top recruits, and a good oline coach. If they can bring in the kid form ST. John Bosco, I think Ellis the big oline kid, and the Servite Kid, then SC would be a serious contender for future recruits.

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  10. The common thread:
    Texas AM, LSU, and Okie State all know how to protect the QB and RUN THE BALL. This is a great hire.

    Riley, age 39, is showing incredible energy and moxie.
    Next season could still have some rough spots, but the trajectory for the Trojans is strongly upward.

    I recall the 2001 USC FB season. A 1-5 start, followed by a 5-1 finish.
    Then, 2002….

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    1. …And Pete played that Bowl loss without a single healthy running back….
      #3rdStringByrdWasBravelyGaining1YardACarryStraightUpTheMiddle
      #…NextYear:Aces

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  11. What matters here is that USC is now able to hire high quality assistant coaches. Under Helton, we were scraping the bottom of the barrel -either inexperienced or discredited coaches. With Riley, we can pull a top dog.

    Welcome Coach Hensen.

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  12. Why would we be mad at having an ASU OL coach? Their OL has certainly been better than ours for a while. That was pretty weak, Wolfman.

    One thing is clear, when there’s good news at SC, Scotty’s snark game really suffers.

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