SDS staff | 55 minutes ago
The search for USC coaches is starting to intensify after the team sacked Clay Helton after an inexplicable 42-28 loss to Stanford last weekend. Unsurprisingly, the Trojans chose to make a change just 2 weeks after the start of the season.
So what is USC turning to now?
Inside USC, the editor of Sports Illustrated’s site on Trojans, reported that Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal is the best candidate for the job.
“I hear that USCOregon’s first working choice is Oregon coach Mario Cristobal, ”the tweet read.
Cristobal, of course, impressed the nation last week in the Ducks’ 35-28 victory over the Oho State Buckeyes, but Cristobal built a nice Pac-12 program for a while and could certainly win at USC. However, it would be hard to get him out of Eugene, where he owns one of Oregon’s top college football brands.
Another buzz-generating coach is James Franklin of Penn State. Dan Patrick pointed out that there is a mutual interest between Franklin and USC. Franklin, of course, has a huge game against Auburn on Saturday in Happy Valley, and his candidacy could explode with a declared victory. Franklin posted a commentary on the reports.
As more candidates emerge over the next few weeks, it’s important to remember that Pete Carrol was not USC’s top pick. He wasn’t even potentially in the next level; however, he won big at the helm of the Trojans program.
Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano made a strong statement on the opening, and UCF’s Gus Malzahn did too. Former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has also been linked with the USC opening.