Lincoln Riley has a tough decision ahead.
He can fire Alex Grinch. Or he can tell Grinch to fire some defensive assistant coaches.
Either way, some type of change seems likely for the USC coaching staff. Firing some assistants won’t be easy for Riley since it would probably mean some guys who followed him from Oklahoma get sacked.
But it’s going to be hard to justify going into Caleb Williams’ final year without some serious changes on defense. It’s also going to be out of character for Riley to make drastic coaching changes.
- A few other thoughts:
Why was Mario Williams returning that kickoff? He had returned only two kickoffs all season.
- There was way too much credit given to the offensive line during the game while Tulane rushed three linemen. You saw what happened when Tulane rushed four on the pivotal safety.
- From ESPN: “Over the past five seasons, teams had been 1-1,692 when trailing by 15 or more points with five minutes or less remaining in the fourth quarter, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.”
- Tulane averaged 10.8 yards per play. USC had the ball for nearly 40 minutes (39:49) and Tulane for only 20 minutes, 11 seconds.