Thursday Whispers: Behind The Scenes Look At Heritage Hall
USC is going to hire a baseball coach.
And no one inside Heritage Hall believes Lynn Swann will be too involved.
The search will be handled by senior associate athletic director Steve Lopes and associate athletic director Jeff Fucci.
Swann is expected to rubber stamp whoever they recommend. But will they recommend the right coach?
Fucci was originally the football operations director for Lane Kiffin. Lopes was around as USC hired Chad Kreuter, Frank Cruz and Dan Hubbs as baseball coach. He also does not encourage spending money to hire coaches and is known for cutting budgets.
That means USC will try to hire an up-and-comer instead of an established coach at a Pac-12, Big 12 or SEC school. UC Santa Barbara coach Andrew Checketts and TCU assistant coach Bill Mosiello are candidates. Mosiello drew the interest of Pat Haden in previous searches.
Bru McCoy could make his decision today or tomorrow. He is expected to transfer to USC against his parents wishes.
A USC coach told me this morning he doubts offensive coordinator Graham Harrell will go against the wishes of Clay Helton when choosing a quarterback. “Kliff Kingsbury had complete authority but Harrell does not,” the coach said.
USC opens the season against Fresno State at the Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The USC-Stanford game the following week is also at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
USC then travels to BYU for a 12:30 p,m. PT kickoff on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
USC will then host Utah at 6 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
The other known kickoffs at 6 p.m. PT at Colorado on ESPN2 and 4:30 p.m. at Notre Dame.
Here are some early USC point spreads via the Golden Nugget.
-3 vs. Stanford
+9.5 vs. Washington
+12.5 vs. Notre Dame
+1 vs. Oregon
-5 vs. UCLA