As expected, USC coach Lane Kiffin stayed in the Pac-12 to replace his dad, Monte Kiffin, at the defensive coordinator spot.
In a release on Friday, Kiffin announced that former Cal DC Clancy Pendergast
has a brilliant name will join the Trojans program in the same capacity.
“Clancy is a perfect fit for us,” said Kiffin in a statement. “He is a very experienced and successful defensive coordinator. He plays an attacking-style defense with multiple looks and, having spent the last three years in the Pac-12, he knows how to defend the various kinds of offenses that we see in this conference.
“What was particularly appealing to me was how he took a Cal defense that was seventh in the Pac-12 in total defense the year before he arrived and then led the league his first two years. That’s our goal here, to have that same kind of impact. I also liked that he has coached at the highest level, getting to the Super Bowl in the NFL.”
In 2010 and ’11, Cal led the Pac-12 in total defense and pass defense. However, the Golden Bears ranked 93rd and 106th in the nation in those categories this past season.
Pendergast previously served as a DC at the NFL level with the Arizona Cardinals Kansas City Chiefs.
USC finished 7-6 this year and gave up an average of 33 points per game during the final six games of the year, including a Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech.
A rather significant injury will cost one playing member of the UConn football program more than just the rest of this year.
Randy Edsall confirmed Tuesday that Zavier Scott is set to undergo season-ending knee surgery on Friday. According to the head coach, the running back suffered tears to his MCL and PCL in last Saturday’s loss to SMU.
Not only will Scott be sidelined for the last two games of the regular season, but he’s also already been ruled out for spring practice as well. Edsall expects the redshirt freshman to be healthy enough to participate in summer camp next year.
Scott is currently third on the Huskies with 194 yards on the ground. Where they’ll arguably miss him the most is in the passing game as his 33 receptions coming out of the backfield are tops on the team.
Scott’s injury continues the spate of attrition at the position for the Huskies over the last couple of months.
In early August, Nate Hopkins, who led the Huskies in rushing touchdowns in 2017, decided to leave the football team. Two weeks later, Donevin O’Reilly, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship over the summer and was on track to be the No. 1 running back, was lost to a season-ending ACL injury. In late September, freshman Khyon Gillespie went down with his own ACL injury in the loss to Syracuse.
Quarterback David Pindell is the Huskies’ leading rusher with 1,118 yards. Kevin Mensah has taken over as the lead back and is second on the team with 860 yards. Those two have accounted for all 16 of UConn’s rushing touchdowns this season, with Pindell leading the way with 10.
This latest wagering line will come as no surprise to those who have been paying any attention at all.
In the immediate aftermath of Louisville’s decision to fire Bobby Petrino over the weekend, Jeff Brohm was one of the first, and most prominent, names to be mentioned as a potential replacement. Brohm, currently in his second season as the head coach at Purdue, is a natural fit as he was born in the city of Louisville and played his college football for the Cardinals.
With that as a backdrop, Bovada.lv released its first set of odds on Petrino’s replacement Tuesday and (surprise surprise surprise) Brohm is a heavy favorite at 1/10.
Troy head coach Neal Brown is next at 4/1, with Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who could be in line for the OSU job when Urban Meyer steps down, right behind at 9/2. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, always a popular name on the coaching carousel even as he’s in the midst of his seventh season with the Tigers, is next at 9/1.
Others receiving odds from the sportsbook are Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell (11/1), Syracuse head coach Dino Babers (12/1), Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell (12/1), Toledo head coach Jason Candle (16/1) and Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield (16/1).
Curtis Blackwell may be gone but, thanks to a recent development, he won’t soon be forgotten in East Lansing.
In May of last year, Michigan State confirmed that the university had “parted ways” with Blackwell after opting not to renew the staffer’s contract. Blackwell, whose official title with the football program was director of college advancement and performance, was suspended with pay February 9, the same day three unidentified Spartan football players were suspended in connection to sexual assault allegations. While Blackwell was a part of the police investigations into the allegations, he was not accused of participating in the alleged sexual assault but rather failing to disclose information he knew about the incident.
Monday, the Associated Press reported, Blackwell filed a lawsuit in U.S. District court alleging that his employment contract was violated when it wasn’t renewed. Head football coach Mark Dantonio is named in the suit, as are former MSU athletic director Mark Hollis and other MSU officials. The AP wrote “[t]he suit alleges that the defendants did not honor Blackwell’s employment agreement, which the suit says required that he be allowed to speak with the athletic director before any discipline was imposed.”
A university spokesperson declined to comment on the development.
Also named in the lawsuit are two university police officers who arrested Blackwell for obstruction of justice. Blackwell, who was never formally charged, claims that his Fourth Amendment rights were violated by the officers.
According to mlive.com, Blackwell is seeking at least $150,000 in damages, plus attorneys fees and punitive damages.
Levi Jones‘ forced sabbatical has turned into a permanent one.
The linebacker was suspended from USC’s loss to Cal this past Saturday because of unspecified violations of team rules. Following practice Tuesday night, Clay Helton announced that Jones has been dismissed from the Trojans football program and is no longer on the roster.
No specific reason for the dismissal was given by the head coach.
Multiple media outlets have reported that Jones was arrested on a charge of public intoxication in early July of this year. It’s unclear whether that off-field issue played a role in his forced departure four months later.
Jones was a four-star member of the Trojans’ 2017 recruiting class, rated as the No. 6 outside linebacker in the country; the No. 13 player at any position in the state of Texas; and the No. 93 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. The Austin product was the highest-rated linebacker signee in USC’s class that year.
After playing in 10 games as a true freshman, Jones had played in eight games this year prior to his dismissal.