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Old 10-21-2013, 10:53 AM
 
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I donít know why (maybe because I love sports), but I find the USC open head coaching job fascinating. Here is a traditional powerhouse loaded with talented players and playing like they donít care. This started under senior leadership mid way through last season and continues now. Being beat by teams with barely a quarter of their talent. USC seems to want someone who is an alumnus, but none are readily available. (Jack Del Rio wants an NFL job only it is said).

I think what USC needs is a coach with experience and name recognition who can walk in, take control immediately and be able to handle the alumni and players agents and the rest of the circus down there in the land of the fake. He also has to be someone dedicated to a pro style game as USC isn't a school where gimmicks play well (see Michigan and the short lived Rodriquez era). That also eliminates coordinators taking it as a first time head coaching job.

So some of the new up and coming blood (Fitzgerald at NorthwesternÖ) isn't there yet with respect to handling a program like this. I hear Sarkisian (ex USC coordinator) is interested but what good is it to have yet another good recruiter who continuously under coaches his players? Mack Brown and Riley are too old. Stoops is an interesting choice to chase but I suspect he isnít leaving Oklahoma. Peterson at Boise State is still a lightweight on the national scene.

There are a lot of possibilities but I have some that interest me. One you know and one may surprise you. The obvious is Sabin. Before you say 'ain't leaving 'bama', let me make a few points- he often states he isn't leaving somewhere and then does; he has nothing left to prove at Alabama and it's pretty much all downhill from here; he brings instant street cred of epic proportion; if he comes to USC and resurrects another once storied program back to the top he will seal a legend surpassing any college coach that ever lived; and as a bonus he gets to live anywhere in the socal area as well as a blank check from the university. Donít think his people aren't being wooed and wooed hard.

My dark horse candidate is Bobby Petrino. Yeah, he hired a prostitute to service him at Arkansas and I get all that. But, he can flat out coach at the college level and knows how to build and run a program. He has served his time of penance and is ready to get back at it.

Two more that I think would get high interest are Mike Belotti and John Gruden. Both may have cushy TV jobs, but the chance to come in and raise the USC sunken vessel seems to be the type of challenge competitors would love to have.

Anyway, this hire will tell me all I need to know about Hayden as AD. His bungling of the Kiffen firing is brutal for it's amateurness. We shall see.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:49 PM
 
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Saban. Not Sabin.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:25 PM
 
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Saban. Not Sabin.
Picky, picky, picky...
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:33 PM
 
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It wont be Nick Saban, but it could be Bama DC Kirby Smart.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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It wont be Nick Saban, but it could be Bama DC Kirby Smart.
I just can't imagine USC brining in a coordinator unless theyhave extensive head coaching experience.
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:46 PM
 
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I just can't imagine USC brining in a coordinator unless theyhave extensive head coaching experience.
They tried that already. His name was Lane Kiffin. If that is the case then there is Gene Chizik, Norm Chow, Tyrone Willingham, Mike Shula, Mike Sherman.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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The font in the op is unbearable. And tldr.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:11 PM
 
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The font in the op is unbearable. And tldr.
Yeah, it was a cut & paste job because of my por speling.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:42 PM
 
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Pat Haden, not Hayden is the athletic director.
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:26 PM
 
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I liked the OP's post, I found it interesting reading. I really like the possibility of Nick Saban coming over to USC. I too think that is an outside possibility. I am pretty sure Bobby Petrino will not be in consideration regardless of how good he can coach.

Pat Haden is a man of principles and dignity, he gives USC tons of credibility that it lacked under Mike Garret. He wont jeopardize that credibility by hiring Bobby Petrino.

With the success of Coach Orgeron, this has definitely limited the coaching possibilities for the USC job. I no longer think Sarkisian is a candidate, nor do I think Kevin Sumlin is either. To replace Coach O will require a coach of the magnitude of Nick Saban and Jon Gruden.
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