Trojans Used to Coaching Changes and More USC Football News


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First Take… The Trojans have had to deal with a ton of adversity the last couple of seasons. Some of it by their own doing, some by dumb luck and other bits out of their control, like the never-ending coaching carousel.

USC had three head coaches in 2013, three defensive coordinators from 2012 to 2014, and now are on their fourth offensive line coach in four seasons, with Bob Connelly taking over for Tim Drevno.

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On the surface, that’s brutal on a kid’s psyche. Because whether or not you agree with the practice, most college football recruits commit to coaches. That makes turnover a big hurdle to overcome for athletes that need both development and nurturing at the college level.

But while the Trojans have had their fair share of coaches over the last handful of years, the constant change has given USC’s players the ability to adapt to new voices with relative ease.

New voices that are all different in their own ways and therefore adding to a diverse knowledge base. It’s not ideal, but it certainly has its perks.

Senior offensive lineman Max Tuerk talked about this on Wednesday with Lindsey Thiry of the LA Times.

"It hasn’t been much of a challenge. Every coach we’ve had here has been awesome and I’ve really loved them. They’re great coaches and have a ton of experience. Coach Connelly is a awesome. I really like him a lot. He bring a lot to the table. He’s been coaching a long time and has brought a lot of guys to the NFL. We’re really lucky to have him here."

The experience factor is key. Because while Tuerk is certainly saying all of the right things about a new coach, there has been criticism of the hire from media, pundits, bloggers and fans.

But for every slight against Connelly, it’s hard to knock his experience in terms of strictly knowing a lot of different schemes, systems and people.

Eleven jobs in 19 years will do that, and for a group that’s been coached by outstanding coaches like Drevno and Mike Summers, his additional experience and voice is invaluable in its own right as USC prides itself in preparing its players for the next level and building relationships.

And Ten Links…

  1. Andy Enfield’s USC hoops team finally finished the regular season on Wednesday night, losing to UCLA yet again, 85-74. (The Rips It Blog)
  2. Seth Rubinroit of Galen Central broke down the fifth-straight loss to the Bruins. (Galen Central)
  3. As for the Women of Troy, they earned the No. 8 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament and will face 9th-seeded Colorado tonight. (Daily Trojan)
  4. Another Women of Troy team, No. 3-ranked women’s tennis, fell to UCLA. (Daily Trojan)
  5. B/R ranked the top 50 players in college football and what do ya know, three Trojans made the list, highlighted by Su’a Cravens at No. 17. (Bleacher Report)
  6. Tre Madden might be back soon and USC is bringing in three running backs in the fall, but Scout’s Evan Budrovich takes a look at James Toland IV. (
  7. And Keely Eure talks with Zach Banner. (
  8. Trojans Live was on the air on Tuesday and Iman Marshall was the featured guest for a pretty interesting interview. (The Rips It Blog)
  9. Bryce Dixon’s status is in flux at moment, but tight end isn’t the only position group hanging by a string. Mike Pielluci ranks the Trojans’ roster in terms of strength. (Trojan Sports)
  10. Remember how USC lost out to Ole Miss in the hunt for Shea Patterson? As long expected, word came out on Wednesday that the Rebels have hired his brother to the staff. (CBS Sports)

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