A Revealing Moment In How USC Picks Starters

Scott Wolf

I thought Graham Harrell made an interesting comment today.

Harrell said offensive line coach Tim Drevno would choose the first unit offensive line and rotations in practices.

But final decisions on who starts and who rotates would be made by the entire offensive staff.

Now it's not unusual for a staff to compare notes before deciding who starts. But when USC has had its better offensive line coaches, they always decided who started.

I interpret this as a lack of confidence in Drevno.

He didn't have any connections to Harrell before USC and isn't from Texas, like several other USC assistant coaches. He is a Clay Helton holdover. And let's face it, the line has been a sore spot.

So Harrell is making sure he controls who plays. Just like he has to make sure Helton doesn't call plays.

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Romping in RegalRita
Romping in RegalRita

I like Harrell's leadership style - it's a good fit for the kids

Rialto Trojan
Rialto Trojan

Well whatever the truth is, there will be plenty of blame for everyone.

gotroy22
gotroy22

The nice thing is SC is so loaded compared to the rest of the woeful WAC 12 that the team will run the table regardless of wo gets voted to start at OL.

Parcel Man
Parcel Man

You would think that the O-Line coach would pick the starters

marvienna
marvienna

How hard is it to just make it about "competition" and best man plays?

This OL conference committee is a clusterf*** in the making.

#AnotherReasonWhyHeltonIsNotTheRightManToLeadUSC

4SCsports
4SCsports

LOL. Probably spot on. I trust Drevno more than I trust Helton. At least he has had great experience and NFL experience, unlike Helton, who had nothing.

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Michael Guarino
Michael Guarino

Agreed. I trust Drevno more than Helton too. But I trust Harrell more than I trust Drevno. [When Harrell was hired he lobbied for his own O-Line coach ---it looks like he still thinks he can do better than Drevno]....
#...btw,ITrustMartinShortMoreThanITrustHelton

Bourbon4me
Bourbon4me

Oh great!
Now I have a visual of Head Coach Ed Grimley leading the Trojans out of the tunnel...giving a half-time pep talk...addressing the media after a tough loss. Thanks, Michael.


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