USC Morning Links: Tee Martin’s Focused on Marqise Lee, Shay Fields Loves the Sark Spread and More Links

Tirebiter's Morning Byte of USC Trojans News

Sark gets first big commit
(Gerard Martinez | USCFootball.com)

While Martin is excited about what USC will do next year under new head coach Steve Sarkisian, the tireless recruiter is not resting on his laurels. Lee, who is eligible for the NFL Draft this spring, is Martin’s biggest recruit. “Marqise is just focused on getting ready for this bowl game right now,” said Martin. “No one knows what he is going to do. It’s really too early to really think about that for him. “I can tell you this, he’s my first priority on the recruiting trail. Marqise is a six star recruit for USC right now.”

USC Commit Shay Fields Excited About Steve Sarkisian Hire
(Trenise Ferreira | Bleacher Report)

Sarkisian’s offense has spread tendencies, which Fields says will “give USC an edge on opponents, especially with the no-huddle system and the way you can rotate receivers.” For Fields, the 5’11″, 170-pound receiver, this is an ideal situation. Sarkisian touched on some offensive changes he wants to bring to USC in Tuesday’s press conference. He said he does want to employ the no-huddle offense and utilize the tight ends more, among other things. “I’ll fit in just fine, that’s my dream offense,” Fields said, looking ahead to what opportunities Sarkisian’s system could present.

USC’s Man With a Plan
(Mike Piellucci | Sports On Earth)

Now, after another three years, Sarkisian finds himself back at USC for the fifth time — his fourth as a coach, plus a brief, middling baseball career. Once again, it’s in a capacity that Kiffin vacated, an association that makes just about everyone outside of USC headquarters queasy given his inauspicious exit in late September. That’s further compounded by a well-publicized, ostensibly well-funded coaching search — one in which names such as Chris Petersen, Kevin Sumlin and James Franklin were bandied about — that culminated in hiring yet another favored son at a program that almost compulsively selects its future leaders from the pool of men with ties to its past, often to wildly underwhelming results. The arrival of a new head coach at one of the few schools annually capable of harboring championship aspirations should feel like Mardi Gras; instead, coupled with the departure of beloved interim coach Ed Orgeron, Sarkisian touched down Monday evening in a morgue.

Haden Goes With Gut Feeling While Hiring Sarkisian
(Evan Budrovich | Conquest Chronicles)

Haden wanted to find the coach that best represented the University of Southern California, who could recruit top talent, inspire confidence from the entire university and also bring winning back to a program that has faced a fair share of adversity this season with Clay Helton taking over as the third head coach for the Bowl Game.

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