T-Time: Here’s who USC won’t hire as coach

first_imgOthers wanted Bohn to roll the dice and row the boat by hiring Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck, who at the very least would turn stale press conferences into Disney Plus-level premium content (though it has been nice being able to copy and paste Helton’s phrases from week to week). But any chance of that ended when Fleck signed a contract extension last week that will keep him in the Twin Cities through 2026. “But Alicia, USC was THIS CLOSE to digging up the remains of Howard Jones, re-animating him and surrounding him with a staff from the SEC West,” tweets user kingcambie. “It was going to happen!”  Unless quarterback Russell Wilson abruptly retires to be a stay-at-home dad or Amazon buys out the Seahawks and outsources their coaching to Bangladesh, this isn’t happening. But USC fans can keep dreaming. To cope, I usually watch the first hour of ESPN 30 for 30’s “Trojan War” and drift off to sleep before the NCAA intervenes.  Trevor Denton is a senior writing about sports. He is also a former sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “T-Time,” runs every other Thursday. The other day, I was scouring Twitter for any new information on the head coaching search, and I came across this gem from a USC fan, in response to beat writer Alica de Artola, who was trying to curtail fan expectations.  First of all, Dad, if you already have the answer, then why are you asking me? And second of all, please stop. Florida Atlantic has put up a solid 23-13 record during Kiffin’s tenure, but he’s shown no signs of maturing from when he called for a 76-yard field goal as the Raiders’ head coach. He still tweets more than his own players and burns bridges at every stop.  Special thanks to the king of cambie for inspiring me to come up with this list of the most unlikely candidates to replace Helton. I can’t tell you who USC will hire, but perhaps ruling out a few names will end those recurring nightmares of Jeff Fisher leading the team out of the Coliseum tunnel. Here we go.  New athletic director Mike Bohn is officially on the clock, and that’s bad news for head football coach Clay Helton. Unless the first quarter of the Arizona State game was the only USC football Bohn has ever seen — in that case, brace yourself for a five-year extension.  Every time my dad calls me, he asks me who I think USC’s next head coach will be. Every time, I tell him I don’t know. And every time he responds, “You’re bringing back Lane Kiffin.”  USC had its chance to give Orgeron the keys to the program back in 2013 when he led the team to a 6-2 finish as interim head coach. During Orgeron’s run, which included an upset over No. 4 Stanford, then-athletic director Pat Haden said, “I had 136 pro-Coach O emails today. Those were just emails. That doesn’t count the tweets, letters and phone calls. In my day, they sent ‘em by carrier pigeon. Now, I get ‘em four or five ways.” Honestly, why not? He’s a steady presence. He has the most wins in USC history (127). He understands the program by virtue of constantly lingering around. Give the man his job back.  Let’s leave this idea on the tarmac once and for all.  The only silver lining is that, at age 68, Carroll is youthful enough to coach into his mid-90s. Maybe he’ll come back around 2040, but don’t even count on that.  Why’d he have to go, I don’t know, he wouldn’t say / Reggie did something [not even really] wrong, now I long for yesterday. Since the BYU loss, fans have speculated over USC’s next head coaching hire. Most are clamoring for Urban Meyer to ride in on his white horse, win a few national championships and retreat to CBS Sports when things inevitably go south. This would give him the coveted three rings at three different schools and three retirements at three different broadcast networks (college football’s version of the EGOT).  LSU head coach Ed Orgeron  The John McKay statue outside of the John McKay Center  And yet he ignored all of those messages — through all four or five ways they were delivered — and hired Steve Sarkisian, who, um, wasn’t really head coach material. Now Orgeron is the head coach of LSU, a job the Louisiana-born part-man-mostly-alligator was put on this earth to do. Since taking over, the Tigers have gone 28-7 and just took down No. 2 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium over the weekend. I’d be more upset about it, but it’s hard to argue with destiny. Orgeron will be coaching the Tiguhs until the bayou dries up and Haden’s decision remains one of USC’s worst in recent history, which says a lot.  Former Rams coach Jeff Fisher  Just no. The last season Fisher led a team at the Coliseum, it finished 4-12 even though that same team had enough talent to make the Super Bowl two years later. Fisher can rest easy knowing he’ll forever go down in history … as the losingest coach in NFL history (tied with Dan Reeves at 165 losses). Fisher will be name-dropped in every USC head coaching search until the end of time, all because he played for the Trojans in the early 1980s (The Trojan Family is real! Fight On!). At least it’s impossible to go 7-9 in college football, if USC does somehow end up with Fisher.  Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll  Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin A lot is up in the air, but one thing is certain: No one knows anything yet, and it’s causing the fanbase to lose its collective mind. last_img read more

A New Gunner is Born?

first_imgAside from their free-flow style of football, what erstwhile Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger and indeed Arsenal as a football club is noted for is given teenagers opportunity to show their talent and the list is endless and it therefore came as a little surprise when the North London club signed on nine-year-old Nigerian’s kid, Jayden Adetiba, after five-weeks trial. However, whether he would blossom to be a real Gunner is another question entirelyArsenal might not have made it big during the summer transfer by bringing a in a high profile player, but the Gunners had a fair share of the market.The Gunners how hit the air waves last week with the signing of nine-year-old Nigerian- Jayden Adetiba, after impressing the football club during a five-week trial. Adetiba has been living in South Africa and has also spent time living in the UK. He has been a fan of the team his whole life. He spoke about how he felt about the news.“I thank God and my parents for this. I am very happy. I train three times a week at the academy,” he told The Sun.Adetiba has been playing for the SuperSport United Soccer School in Cape Town. Footballing talent seems to run in the family, with his older brother having spent three years at Blackburn Rovers’ Academy.For Adetiba, it’s a dream come true. “The amazing thing is, I have always been an Arsenal fan and I will work hard every day to make the first team.”According to his former coach at the SuperSport United Soccer School in Cape Town, Brent Sanders, he said it was clear from day one that Adetiba had “something special”.“Jayden worked with me for two years from the age of seven, and from his first practice session I could see that he was an exceptional talent that stood out in the group,” Sanders said.“You could see he had something special, but what was also so impressive was the way he progressed almost with every training session. He had a real hunger to learn and was able to put that into practice quickly.”Sanders said that above the youngster’s obvious ability, it was also his attitude that set him apart.“His mentality is different, the way he goes about his training. His work ethic is a lot better than other kids his age, and I think that comes down to the way he was brought up. His family is very supportive of him and that allows Jayden to express himself. He never stops the intensity of his training, you can see how much he wants it.”Adetiba has signed for Arsenal, but Sanders revealed that he first joined Blackburn Rovers earlier this year.“We went to the FDS [Futebol de Salao] World Cup in Johannesburg last year, and Jayden was scouted there by Blackburn Rovers. We won the tournament and he was given a trial by Blackburn at the beginning of this year, after which he was offered a place in their academy.“I stand corrected but I think in his first match for Rovers he scored four goals and won Man of the Match. After just a month with Blackburn, he was offered a five-week trial with Arsenal and has now been offered a contract.”Another stand-out feature of the youngster is his maturity, Sanders said.“Kids peak at different times, but with his maturity level, if you saw him you would think he is a 10- or 11 years old, and he was like that from the age of seven or eight. He has this will to learn and to always try to become a better player.”Sanders believes he has other youngsters in his academy who could follow a similar path as Adetiba, but they do not have the benefit of a United Kingdom passport to help get them into an academy set-up overseas at an early age.Sanders nevertheless believes more young players of Adetiba’s quality will be discovered if they enter academies at an earlier age.“In South Africa there needs to be more attention in the area of grassroots football. Most academies start at the age of 13 and by that age too many bad footballing habits have been instilled in the kids. In this country we are starting too late.“South African kids are naturally talented, as talented as their peers overseas, but they are not being taught the basic skills at an early age, and therefore they fall behind.“But I think academies like ours can make a difference. Look at Jayden, and he is not the only one who can make it out of our group.”It however remains to be seen how well Jayden would progress to become a star.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more