Remember all the hoopla from USC and the fanboy media element whenever someone gets hired for the recruiting dept.?
It’s a game-changer! But then barely a peep or explanation when they leave.
The most famous example was probably the LSU hype video guys who didn’t last a year and no one mentioned they left.
Well, USC quietly updated its roster Monday night and some names are missing.
Director of scouting and player relations Jeff Martin, who came with some fanfare from LSU, is no longer listed.
Neither is director of high school relations Armond Hawkins Jr., the brother of former player/coach Chris Hawkins.
Bryan Carrington, the offensive quality control analyst last season, received a ton of publicity when he came to USC from Texas because of his recruiting prowess. I’ve heard he was paid around $150,000. He is now at TCU.
I’ve heard a few in the dept. are still concerned Lincoln Riley might replace them. As a policy, it’s better to get excited over the hiring of Riley than support staff.
- Another fuss was created last year when wide receiver Jake Smith transferred from Texas. He is no longer on the roster. He had foot surgery last year and apparently will never play for USC.
- USC announced Monday night that Luke Huard will be the interim inside receivers coach indefinitely while Dave Nichol “focuses on a private medical matter.”
Huard is the brother of former Washington QBs Damon and Brock Huard.
- Riley said Monday night to expect another transfer rush after spring practice: “The way we’re positioned right now we will take a large number of transfers again after spring.”
- USC has taken 13 transfers since Riley got hired.