If It's Friday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column
Former USC defensive backs coach Greg Burns is returning to the Trojans. He was at Oregon State last season.
I haven’t been around Burns since 2005 but I know Pete Carroll talked Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin into taking him off his hands in 2006.
That was a disaster and Burns last only one season. He has since been at schools like Kansas State, Arizona State, Cal and Oregon State. He is an OK hire.
Sources said there was resistance to the hire last wekk by defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who always wants people he can guarantee will defer to him (sort of like Helton until he was forced to hire Kliff Kingsbury).
One theory being floated is Pendergast could still leave USC by getting an NFL job after the pro season concludes. He has tried to get an NFL job for several years without success so I am not optimistic.
Kayvon Thibodeaux, the nation's No. 1-ranked recruit, will announce his college choice on ESPN on Saturday at halftime of the New Mexico Bowl. His final choices are Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Oregon. The fact a kid who played at Dorsey and Oaks Christian does not even have USC in his Final Four sort of sums up this recruiting year for the Trojans.
Remember Lynn Swann wanted to sign Clay Helton to a five-year contract a year ago to help recruiting.
USC remains in the running for Mater Dei's star receiver, Bru McCoy. There are plenty of stories he is secretly committed to Texas so we will see if those are true when McCoy makes his decision.
McCoy is part of a big recruiting weekend that starts today. Among the other prospects who have not yet committed to USC: WR Kyle Ford (Orange Lutheran); OG Enokk Vimahi (Kahuku, Hawaii); QB Dillon Gabriel (Mililani, Hawaii); OL Ron Carr (Solon, Ohio); OL Kardell Thomas (Baton Rouge, La.); RB Tyrion Davis (Baton Rouge): DE Falcon Kaumatule (Bishop Gorman); OL Triston Miller (Charlotte, North Carolina); CB Briton Allen (IMG Academy).
I know I write this often but it cannot be underestimated: There is a real movement among USC players for Jack Sears to be the starting quarterback. Doesn't mean it will happen but what it does say when players are working behind the scenes like this?
You didn't see this when Sam Darnold was competing against Max Browne, even if the players at the time wanted Darnold.