In this week’s session with a Pac-12 (head) coach, I asked him about Lincoln Riley’s assertion that he doesn’t believe in a full-time special teams coach.
“I’ve never believed in one coach that’s doing something for two periods of practice a day, then whats he doing the rest of the time?” Riley said. “Let’s have guys that are coaching guys all the time, everywhere”
This comment drew a strong rebuke from the Pac-12 coach.
“He’s full of it,” the coach said. “He could still pull it off in the current structure of his staff. A lot of schools get a guy to coach tight ends and special teams and they are they known for being top-rate special teams coaches. If you are in the business, you know who those guys are if you want to hire them.
“But that isn’t what this is about. Riley’s in love with offense. He doesn’t want to give up any coaches to special teams. He wants to have all his guys coaching the offense. Three assistant coaches for the receivers. That’s his priority.
“He doesn’t want have to share any of that with a special teams guy.”
Meanwhile, with basketball:
- Did you know USC was a 20.5-point favorite over Florida Gulf Coast?
- Did you hear DJ Mal-ski trash-talked the celebrating Florida Gulf Coast bench last night?
- This is what happens when you are more interested in keeping your access to the USC coaches than actually analyzing the team. Villanova?!?!?
Small ball is coming to USC in 2022-23. Trojans will be regularly using four-guard lineups. It feels like I'm watching a West Coast version of Villanova.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 7, 2022