There was some chatter in coaching circles immediately after the Pac-12 title game that USC defensive coordinator Alex Grinch might be in some jeopardy.
It hasn’t really gained traction, however, and it probably won’t when you consider Grinch has become a Lincoln Riley guy. The USC staff is essentially Riley guys, who tout the company line in public settings.
That’s different from say, Oregon, where a lot of talk emerged this season that Dan Lanning can be a difficult coach to work for. One reason is Lanning didn’t have a network of his own guys and hired coaches from different places/backgrounds so they didn’t know what they signed up for.
When you have your own guys, the good part is you trust them. The risk is if they aren’t really the best-qualified coaches.
- This is also why I frequently bring up Donte Williams. He is not a Riley guy. When I criticized Williams on twitter after the Pac-12 title loss, a high school coach immediately defended him to me.
“You know, that guy is related to Donte,” a Pac-12 coach told me. I did not know that!
- Did you like Adidas/Gucci suit that Caleb Williams wore to the Heisman ceremony? It retails for $5,800. The jacket alone cost $3,500.
Williams got fitted for the suit at the Gucci store in Beverly Hills the week before the Heisman ceremony. He then had a public-relations representative and a tailor from Hugo Boss meet him in New York on Friday morning to select his outfits on Friday and Sunday.
- This video of Williams being greeted at the airport by the USC band would be more heartwarming if it didn’t center more on Coach Bohn in his East German Stasi jacket, and then at the end giving the horns competition with his yelling.