The USC-UCLA game not only created a great matchup on the field, it allowed the coaches to trade gossip.
The word going around at the Rose Bowl was that UCLA defensive coordinator Bill McGovern will not be returning next season because of health issues. That is setting off a scramble as coaches try to figure out who Chip Kelly will hire this time around and whether he might make other moves on his staff.
Although Kelly comes across as surly with the media, he is considered a good coach to work for in terms of the workplace atmosphere.
As for USC, there was a lot of chatter centered on cornerbacks coach Donte Williams.
The play of the cornerbacks is one thing. The fact Williams was not brought in last season by Lincoln Riley also makes him a target.
“There’s obviously issues on defense but (Riley) isn’t going to replace (Alex) Grinch,” a Pac-12 coach said. “Williams is the biggest guy at risk.”
In fact, all the defensive coaches are Riley hires except Williams.
- As the photo above shows, USC tailback Raleek Brown wore yellow socks vs. UCLA. One step forward. One step back with the uniforms.