Inside the Pac-12

January 9, 2010 1:22 PM

Exodus From Troy

Pete Carroll could be the next coach for the Seahawks, but the most important move will be the decision that AD Mike Garret makes when he names the next coach of the Trojans. There has been speculation that Mike Riley from Oregon State or Jeff Fisher from the Titans could be on the short list. What Garret must find is a coach that is confident, arrogant, a great recruiter, aggressive and someone that will make the players believe that they are invincible and can win in any environment. Garret just can't name any coach. Former Trojan coaches Larry Smith and Paul Hackett did not recruit like Carroll did. Oregon State's Mike Riley is known for getting off to a slow start. Would USC fans have been confident playing Iowa in the Orange Bowl, Oklahoma for the National Championship and at Ohio State this past season with Mike Riley as their head coach? The next coach has to be willing to go for it on 4th downs. The next coach has to be about a lot more than X's and O's.

The Trojans are also losing a lot of talented underclassmen. USC will lose RB Joe McKnight, DE Everson Griffen and WR Damian Williams. The Trojans will be fine at the QB position with Matt Barkely, but WR's Ronald Johnson (34 catches and3 TD's) and Brice Butler (20 catches and 2 TD's) will have to step up in 2010. At the RB position it will be a plus if C.J. Gable returns and he splits time with Marc Tyler who was one of the best RB's coming out of high school a few years ago. If the next coach is a good offensive mind then USC should not have a problem scoring points in 2010. If Mike Garrett wants to save this year's recruiting class then he must hire the right coach in a very short period of time. Boise State's Chris Petersen is probably the best solution followed by Jack Del Rio and Jeff Fisher.

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