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USC reportedly hires new O-line coach

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An offseason of change hasn’t stopped yet for USC.

Per Bruce Feldman of CBSSports, the Trojans have hired Western Kentucky offensive line coach Mike Summers in the same capacity.  James Cregg, who has been USC’s O-line coach for the past three seasons, will move into a different role, according to the report.

Summers spent the past three years at Kentucky under former Wildcats head coach Joker Phillips. When Phillips was fired last year, Summers was picked up by Bobby Petrino at Western Kentucky.

It was previously rumored that former Fresno State head coach Pat Hill could have ended up as USC’s O-line coach.

The coaches to leave USC over the past couple of months include defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu, secondary coach Marvin Sanders and linebackers coach Scottie Hazelton.

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15 Responses to “USC reportedly hires new O-line coach”
  1. 1trojanlove says: Feb 20, 2013 9:09 PM

    Fight on!

  2. uscatjerseyshore says: Feb 20, 2013 11:23 PM

    This article about a new coach at USC has been posted for more than three hours yet not one comment about coach Lane Kiffin? Unbelievable!! FTFO!!

  3. jkaflagg says: Feb 20, 2013 11:26 PM

    All I know about Summers is that he is part of the “Bobby Petrino posse” and was many considered way out of his depth when coaching in Atlanta in 2007….not saying that anyone who works for Petrino is shady (indeed, Bobby’s brother Paul Petrino is highly regarded in coaching circles), but considering SC’s recent credibility issues, they must think he’s a helluva coach…..

  4. timh1955 says: Feb 21, 2013 10:38 AM

    I don’t care how many coaches SC hires they are still an irrelevant team that will finish 2013 somewhere in the middle to bottom of the PAC12. They couldn’t even beat a team like Georgia Tech that wasn’t even a .500 team. You guys just keep mouthing your little “Fight On” stuff and the big boy teams will keep laughing.

  5. uscatjerseyshore says: Feb 21, 2013 11:43 AM

    @timh – I suppose you regularly post comments on all the irrelevant teams. A big difference between USC and the team you consider as being “relevant”, USC doesn’t play fast and loose with NCAA scholarship caps and oversign recruits. Given that Alabama had only ten spots available and signed 26 there are 16 Alabama players on the roster that will get the axe before pre season practice starts in July.

    I guess that number is now down to 12 with the four Crimson Tide players recently arrested on felony charges and suspended indefinitely from the team. Good planning on Saban’s part to plan for the team’s criminal element.

    Parole Tide!

  6. timh1955 says: Feb 21, 2013 11:59 AM

    @uscatjerseyshore – That’s cute! Guess you forgot it is your team that’s on probation for serious NCAA violations and Kiffin will make sure that probation is extended even longer. This time last year all the SC postings were about how great SC was and how they would easily win the NC. Guess that didn’t happen did it??? And it won’t happen for a LONG time. Lastly, Bama signed 25 recruits not 26 and if we have dump a few we will. Maybe we can give a few of our 4th or 5th string guys to SC as they would be starters at SC.

    Pillow Fight On!!!

  7. manchestermiracle says: Feb 21, 2013 1:29 PM

    A lot of turnover in the coaching ranks for SC. Whether Kiffin realizes it or not, this will make next year very important for his job. If the Trojans underachieve again there will be no place for him to hide.

  8. uscatjerseyshore says: Feb 21, 2013 5:51 PM

    @timh – Since USC ended up with more quality recruits than any other team in the country in 2013 which also happens to be the highest average ranking in history for all college teams it’s certain that SC would have no interest in a Alabama cast off. Given that 3 of the last four SC classes were in the top ten of average rankings and 5 of the top 6 spots were USC teams your comment about Alabama 4th or 5th string guys being SC starters is beyond ignorant.

    That the media all elected to jump on a SC is #1 band wagon is more indicative of how truly meaningless the polls really are – even those that result in the crowning of the NC after the games are played. Say or think what you want, given the handicap of sanctions and reduced scholarships USC remains well positioned to come out of sanctions following the plan devised by Kiffin. When the sanctions conclude in 2014, the unfortunate outcome is there will be 30 college football players who lost the opportunity to get an education at a world class university. These are players who wouldn’t be NFL draft picks but would have ended up with a degree from USC lost only because the NCAA was determined to make an example of USC. That the NCAA is fighting the release of documents that shows their improper involvement and “actual malice” towards the USC program shows the validity of those “serious NCAA violations'” to which you refer.

    And while I made an inadvertent mistake on the number of Alabama signees, there is no mistake that in 2013 Alabama ended up with more oversigns than any other college team. While USC wasn’t able to extend scholarships because of the NCAA sanctions compare this with Alabama players who will lose their ride because the coaching staff’s interest in bringing in numbers and sacrificing those 4th or 5th string players in the process.

  9. timh1955 says: Feb 21, 2013 6:20 PM

    You act as if those 30 players that didn’t go to USC would not have the ability to get a quality education. They could easily go to Stanford, Texas, Vanderbilt, Harvard, Virginia or one of the other many schools that offer a quality education.

    Bama signed 25 for the 2013 class, meaning they currently have to find 10 players to de-scholarship. Of course, four were recently suspended indefinitely after violent arrest charges, so almost half the difference could soon be made up right there. The remaining six will either be grayshirted or they will be released due to medical hardships or for academic reasons. Saban is far from being the only coach that recruits this way. Your own conference (PAC12 has Oregon State and Washington that are in the top five teams that oversign.

  10. uscatjerseyshore says: Feb 21, 2013 9:26 PM

    @timh – somehow it must have escaped you that the scholarship reduction at USC brought on by NCAA sanctions wasn’t offset by an increase in the number of scholarships at “Stanford, Texas, Vanderbilt, Harvard, Virginia or one of the other many schools that offer a quality education”. These were scholarships that were simply lost – period.

    Unlike Alabama, USC doesn’t “de-scholarship” anyone. In fact this policy actually cost USC a recruit in 2013 as a player was unable to enroll early lost the opportunity to do so as a senior who held a scholarship that was supposed to be used needed to stay enrolled during spring semester to complete a class that was needed to graduate. I’m sure this doesn’t matter to a school that takes a tactic of grayshirting, finding medical hardships or using academic reasons to reduce headcount.

    As far as what Oregon State, Washington or any other school (PAC-12 or not) does really doesn’t matter. Even though the SEC has taken a position on oversigning, Alabama remains number one and the fans of the SEC bottom tier schools can continue to celebrate that the NC remains in their conference as Alabama continues sucks up players that under normal circumstances may not have made the cut at Alabama if Alabama wasn’t oversigning.

  11. timh1955 says: Feb 21, 2013 10:06 PM

    Maybe USC should take away scholarships. If they had they wouldn’t be on probation now.

  12. uscatjerseyshore says: Feb 21, 2013 11:56 PM

    @timh – your comment suggesting USC give up scholarships makes even less sense than your earlier remarks about players going to other schools. You don’t get that the NCAA went out of it’s way to make an example of USC going so far as to deliberately create false information about a coach.

  13. timh1955 says: Feb 22, 2013 1:40 AM

    Every school that gets hit with probation says the same thing and always says it was unfair. USC got caught and now they are paying the price. No one outside of USC believes USC was singled out by the NCAA and they went out of their way to make an example of USC.

  14. uscatjerseyshore says: Feb 22, 2013 11:33 AM

    @timh – You mean YOU (and the other USC haters) don’t believe that USC was singled out by the NCAA. Most media accounts supported the idea that the sanctions were excessive as well.

    As this matter will eventually come to court through Coach McNair’s legal proceedings time will tell if there are others, with more standing than either the media or the USC fan base, will have the chance to weigh on and decide if what occurred was unfair.

    In the meantime you can contine to cheer on Alabama.

  15. timh1955 says: Feb 22, 2013 11:57 AM

    I guess Penn State also has a valid legal action for excess sanctions too? Again, every team that gets hit with this says the same thing. SMU said in the 80s too.

    Roll Tide!

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