Kingsbury In Los Angeles

Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is definitely interested in the USC offensive coordinator position. But he hasn’t been on campus yet, met with USC officials, nor personally talked with USC people to the best of our knowledge. He has no previous relationship with any people inside USC athletics.

Kingsbury likes the L.A. area and usually spends time out here during the summer and after football season. He’s not in town at the request of USC, but there is a chance he might have a meeting with Trojan representatives as early as tomorrow because the wheels are definitely in motion to bring the parties together. A Kingsbury advisor is scheduled to arrive in town on Wednesday.

For now at least, Kingsbury is not looking to land himself in another head coaching position. He wants to learn more about coaching in general, how he can improve and other aspects of the game. This makes the USC position very attractive to him as he could make a huge statement about his capabilities as an OC at a big brand program in need of help.

Money is not expected to be an issue either in terms of Kingsbury’s demand or what USC is capable of offering.

He is not worried about Clay Helton’s shaky position among the USC fan base nor the fact that many perceive Helton as having one more year on the job, absent a complete turnaround in the program. Instead, he views the USC coordinator spot as a great opportunity.

Kingsbury would understandably be seeking an assistant head coach title, and it’s our understanding he would want complete autonomy in setting up his offensive scheme without interference.

He likes all of the USC QBs and will be looking for the best fit for his RPO system, which may or may not be JT Daniels. Whether Helton would be willing to relinquish his preference for Daniels could always be a stumbling block between the parties.

Helton has publicly addressed where Daniels needs to improve the most, and all involve areas an RPO QB needs to excel at: footwork in the pocket, throwing on the run and reading defenses post-snap. Helton has also indicated Daniels needs to improve his core strength.

 

 

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Paul_Muad_dib
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At this point He would be a better option than Tee Martin and the Helton bros.

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Kingsbury; let us, as Rock says….put on the brakes.
This guy just got FIRED, has a 35-40 Win/loss record, never finished higher in his Conference than 5th. He only knows one style of offense ‘Air Raid’ what is it that makes him a Great OC ? He sure hasn’t proven to be a Great or Good Head Coach.

So tell me why you want to throw money and autonomy at this guy.
Are we so desperate, we’re grabbing at straws….?

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So, I guess we should have never hired Norm Chow as OC because he isn’t a good HC? Or UCLA and Alabama should vacate some of the wins while Homer Smith was their OC because he never was even considered a HC????

KK has a great offense. Period. That is all he is being hired for. Plus, name any coach that has been successful at Texas Tech? Even Leach wasn’t THAT successful. KK did almost as good there as Leach did which says a lot.

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Even if Kingsbury is right for us, are you ready for the disappointment if we bungle this and he goes elsewhere? Our athletic department is such a mess, I would question their ability to get a done with anybody that somebody else wants.

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My dear Rock, have I ever been wrong? wink

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Of course not, Bobbo — that’s why I’m voting for you as our new athletic director!!!

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I’m holding out for Larry Scott money though. shock

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The two things we need more than anything. Physicality and offensive identity. We would have one of the two. Not sure how we get the other, hoping it happens one of these days.

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Lord please let this be!!!! If Kingsbury has complete reign over the offense, we might actually have an offense next season.

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I think the excitement around Kingsbury is very much centered around your two words “complete reign.” We all just desperately want Helton to be as far away from our offensive schemes, adjustments, and play-calling as possible. We’re hoping to get the benefit of the coaching change we all thought was required, and some of us hoped was imminent. I am just saying, pump the brakes and calm down, because the desire for a “warm body” to get the offense away from Helton should not blind us to whether Kingsbury is a good fit for SC. Why are we suddenly all… Read more »

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Rock Do you think he could implement a pro style offense? I do. Plus he could mix a little spread with the pistol elements. I am just in favor of getting a smart offense mind and get Helton as far away as possible.

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Maybe, but if Kingsbury comes in, he had better be free to run whatever he wants to run (otherwise you don’t really have Helton far away). I think Kingsbury has the tools to implement an offense similar to that which the Rams run, and I think USC’s personnel is suited for that as long as we develop a strong and effective offensive line. Further to that thought, the Rams’ offense ONLY works because the offensive line gives Goff tons of time to throw. Trying to run that offense with the o-line we saw last year would be an unmitigated disaster.… Read more »

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Why? Who is winning in college with a pro style offense?

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“Pro style offense” is a misnomer. Many pro teams are implementing elements of the spread and RPOs, but not going full Oregon or anything. The best offenses are hybrids that suit the personnel of the team and obviously spread the ball around quickly to leave the defense guessing and create mismatches.

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This would be a great hire! He could be the OC next year and the HC the following year (or sooner, depending on tarmac conditions)

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“depending on tarmac conditions…” That’s funny! lol

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“He wants to learn more about the nuances of coordinating an offense and the game in general” If this is true, I have two problems; 1) We don’t need anymore coaches learning on the job, 2) Secondly, just who does he think he will learn that from? He won’t learn it from Clay.

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For the freshman qb to carry that much weight in the hiring of a very good offensive coordinator is absolutely absurd. Hire a great OC even if it means JT does not fit. Someone will. I don’t think Kingsbury will be given total autonomy, because CH wants a run game to augment the pass. The problem with CH is his involvement in so many minor details, not leaving things to his assistants as he should.

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I totally agree with you. JT should not dictate our coaching choices.

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“Kingsbury would understandably be seeking an assistant head coach title, and it’s our understanding he would want complete autonomy in setting up his offensive scheme without interference.”

That would be a beautiful thing.

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Kliff Kingsbury has reportedly received two firm offers from NFL teams since getting fired on Sunday. This guy will not be on the free market very long. One of his former players was Patrick Mahomes

With Helton on the hot seat, I’m sure he’s looking beyond the OC job

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Allen, who is the source for this piece?

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ESPNs Arash Markazi was on Mason & Ireland today saying the same things.