If It's Friday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column
King Kliff Kingsbury "coached" the following QBs in college: Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield, Johnny Manziel, Case Keenum and Davis Webb.
Mayfield transferred and is critical of Kingsbury while Webb ended up spending his senior year at Cal. But for the sake of argument, we will give him all of those quarterbacks.
Now a couple warning signs from Kingsbury's recruiting at Texas Tech.
His class a year ago was ranked No. 73 (terrible even by Texas Tech standards) and featured just four defensive players in a recruiting class of 17 prospects.
His 2015 class was notable because 11 of the 20 recruits transferred, quit playing or never showed up to play. Maybe it doesn't matter because he will only handle the offense at USC but it shows he is not as perfect as many USC fans would lead you to believe.
USC couldn't even get a quote from Kingsbury for its official announcement on his hiring. Talk about lame. The way USC is hyping the hire you would think Kingsbury would tell the fans how excited he is to come to USC.
I've heard one reason he took the job was to be near his girl friend, who lives in Manhattan Beach. Hopefully this isn't about becoming part of the South Bay mafia.
USC has a commitment from a high school player whose father played college football. That college did not offer the son. Is that a warning sign? I'm not interesting in criticizing a recruit. I am interested in USC's evaluation process. It's about as questionable as everything else Clay Helton does.
Former USC players Ronnie Lott and Willie McGinest have spoken to USC administrators about hiring Mark Carrier as secondary coach. I said last week I did not expect this to happen. It is interesting, though, that some former players realize they can't trust Clancy Pendergast when it comes to hiring a secondary coach.
It would be nice for the cornerbacks USC is recruiting if they hired a coach sometime soon. Same with the running backs, defensive linemen and wide receiver coaching spots.
If Pendergast hires Austin Clark as defensive line coach, his control of the defense will be even greater than before because Kenechi Udeze chafed under his dictatorial style.
A week ago, former Western Kentucky coach Mike Sanford was a name to consider for quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator. That fell through with Kingsbury and now Sanford is a frontrunner to end up as offensive coordinator at North Carolina.
Andy Enfield had a great answer when asked why star guard Kevin Porter has been out two weeks with a bruised thigh: "No idea," Enfield said.
USC plays TCU today at Staples Center. It's a homecoming for TCU coach Jamie Dixon, who previously spurned interest from USC.
The Athletic had a revealing quote from Kingsbury two years ago about what it took for a quarterback to be successful in his offense? "The great ones I've coached, it's the ability to extend the play, keep your eyes downfield. You've got five guys out most of the time on every route and if you can extend the play, someone is going to uncover. It's going to be hard for a defense to keep up with the guys that long.
That does not sound like JT Daniels.