LS And Play

November 30th, 2015 at 10:42 AM ^

Wow USC promoting an interim seems pretty weak. I know it's a competitive market this year but USC is probably at the top of the list. This is an Illinois or Minnesota move. 


November 30th, 2015 at 11:22 AM ^

It's a good move.  The players like him and it gives him a chance to be the next star to grow out of the USC coaching tree.  If he sucks, they can fire him in a year that should have less competition and just as many qualified coaches.  Promoting an assistant can save a mil or two a year, which helps ease the sting of buyouts.

It also can salvage their recruiting class.  


November 30th, 2015 at 11:27 AM ^

USC is only second to OSU as far as Head Coaching jobs go. There are probably 100 current head coaches that would leave their current job for a shot at USC. There is certainly something behind this decision. Cause from a competitive stand point it makes no sense at all. USC should have done whatever needed to get Tom Herman, or Mark Dantonio, tho I think Mark D is loving life right where he is at. But Herman would have taken that USC talent all the way to a NC.


November 30th, 2015 at 11:20 AM ^

Meyer > Harbaugh
Dantonio > Harbaugh

UM won't see a Rose Bowl for at least a Decade. I expect after Crazy Jims recent post game news conference he will be gone in about 2-3 more years back to the NFL as a asst. coach for his brother. But he and UM will never see a New Years 6 bowl while the Urb's and Mark D are in the Big10. No Chance.


November 30th, 2015 at 11:26 AM ^

Even though Ohio State beat Michigan, Michigan handled Michigan State pretty well with about 1-2% Harbaugh recruits... Ohio State has NEVER changed systems... They have always ran some spread element therefor never misses a beat in recruiting... They have their best roster in the last 15 years in my honest opinion... Michigan State is also in their best roster year... They will regress back to the mean in 2016/2017. I believe that Dantonio is a great coach... But MSU does not have the resources to continue to keep up with Ohio State and Michigan... Dantonio is getting older, their prime time is over... Harbaugh is pulling in the best recruiting class UM has seen in awhile... Even better than 2012's "wonder class".

Ohio State will have a "down year" in 2016 which in all reality is still a 10-win year... I expect the 2016 version of "The Game" to be a TIGHT game.


November 30th, 2015 at 11:43 AM ^

Stop with this god damn MSU regressing back to the mean nonsense. Their on field success is finally turning into recruiting success. 

MSU. Is. Not. Going. Anywhere. 

I know it must be tough for you blue hairs to accept a good MSU but jesus christ let it go!!!!! 


November 30th, 2015 at 1:43 PM ^

Stop with this "MSU is going to replace 3 first round draft picks at key postitions" without missing a beat nonsense.  They are not Bama, OSU, FSU etc.  They are not that deep and we'll see how that recuiting does after a down year.  Its like saying Ole Miss will not miss Treadwell when he leaves.  It is crazy. 


November 30th, 2015 at 3:03 PM ^

This is the sad but accurate truth.

MSU can't replace their best QB ever, right?  Enter Connor Cook.

Can't replace LeVeon Bell.  Enter Jeremy Langford.

Can't replace Greg Jones.  Enter Max Bullough.

Can't replace Keshawn Martin.  Enter Aaron Burbridge.

Can't win 11games back to back?  How about back-to-back-to-back and 5 out of the last 6 seasons.

Nobody hates Michigan State more than me, but as long as Dantonio roams the sidelines, they will compete for the title.  Deal with it.


November 30th, 2015 at 3:30 PM ^

No one said they couldn't replace guys like Jones or Martin.  There isn't another first round draft pick to replace Cook.  That's a fact.  There isn't a 1st round LT sitting on the bench to replace Conklin.

Also Langford is no where near Leveon Bell.  

You seem to thnk that Dantonio is Nick Saban or Jimbo Fisher or Peter Carroll.  He isn't.  Deal with it.


November 30th, 2015 at 4:47 PM ^

MSU is a rock-solid program.  Sure they may not get to 11 wins each and every season, but their ceiling is much higher than most here seem willing to acknowledge.  I think Harbaugh welcomes the challenge while realizing that periods of dominance by one or the other are probably a thing of the past, no matter how good we become.


November 30th, 2015 at 4:54 PM ^

People said UCLA was going to take over LA when USC was down.  Well guess what it has not lasted.  Do you also believe that Baylor and TCU will remain the class of the Big12 ahead of Ok and Texas?  That has already started to reverse itself. It is not a coincidence that those programs rose while Texas and Ok were somewhat down.

Most of MSU being a rock solid program has happened with Cook under centre.  Lets see what happens when he leaves.  

Leaders And Best

November 30th, 2015 at 10:45 AM ^

If USC had trouble finding a suitable candidate, then things are really going to get interesting for some of these other schools looking to make a hire. I wonder if they are taking the Illinois approach and punting on a job search for couple years. I guess USC should always get players so it is unlikely the cupboard will be bare, but this could open the door for UCLA and Jim Mora the next couple years.


November 30th, 2015 at 10:44 AM ^

To be fair, this is his 2nd time around as an interim coach. Which shows the trust the AD has I him, and the fact that maybe they need a little stability the way their AD has been rolling through coaches.

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November 30th, 2015 at 11:17 AM ^

..lots of attractive candidates but outside of Saban, Meyer and our coach-not too many confirmed difference makers at a Power 5 Conf level-you're rolling the dice on almost anyone. 

IMO Hermann and Narduzzi will bide their time as logical heir apparents at OSU/MSU. Dantonio is 60 and Meyer historically doesn't stick around too long. 


November 30th, 2015 at 10:49 AM ^

USC commits Cary Angeline, Keyshon Camp, Josh Imatorbhebhe, Velus Jones, Frank Martin, C.J. Pollard, and Trevon Sidney all have Michigan offers.

Camp has visited Michigan twice. Jones took his first visit to Michigan this past weekend. The other guys are generally not interested.