- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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If you missed my Thursday chat, you can read it in its entirety here.
But here's a smattering of brilliance!
Matt (Los Angeles) Ted, Do you think SC can get back to a championship level next year?
Ted Miller (3:01 PM) I think USC should be competitive in the South Division, though I think UCLA is a clear favorite and Arizona State could be in the mix. USC has a lot to clean up, starting on defense with a new coordinator. But there is plenty of talent coming back, particularly if WR Robert Woods returns. I'd rate the Trojans over-under on wins at 8 or 9.
Mike Bohn (Boulder, CO) Should I even consider the names of Petrino or Tressel?
Ted Miller (3:02 PM) No... I think San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre or Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter would be good picks.
Chris (LaLaLand) What's your take on the Sonny Dykes hire? Seen some fans complain, saying his teams play no D. But hey this is the Pac 12.
Ted Miller (3:04 PM) His team played decent defense in 2011, terrible defense in 2012. A big thing for him is getting enough money to hire an A-list coordinator. I'm thinking at least $500,000. As for the hire itself, Dykes is a good choice. I knew when he was at Arizona it was just a matter of time before he got a good job. I think he will be successful.
SSgt Smyth (Afghanistan) With two QB committments at Airzona how will Coach Rod handle the starting postion for next season.
Ted Miller (3:07 PM) Pretty straight forward: Whoever practices the best will win the job. I think the incoming frosh are longshots, but USC transfer Jesse Scroggins will likely give B.J. Denker a strong challenge
Jason (Eugene) What do you think the chances are that the Ducks get sanctions due to the Will Lyles recruiting incident?
Ted Miller (3:12 PM) I think they will get sanctioned but I don't think it will be crippling. Nothing that should chase Kelly out of town or prevent him from continuing a run of BCS bowl games.
Brian Johnson (Utah) Whats your grade for me this year
Ted Miller (3:24 PM) C+... it's clear you're learning a bit on the job. But you also had a tough hand with questions on the O-line and at QB.
Reese (Atlanta) Why do you think the Pac-12 is perceived as so weak in all other regions of the Country other than the west coast? Is it because of weak defensive performances, or repeated disappointments form the leaders, Oregon and USC? Stanford gets some respect, but they tend to play more of a smashmouth style.
Ted Miller (3:28 PM) Smart people don't think the Pac-12 is weak. It's purely trash talk.
K Whitt (The Hill) The way I see it, I have at lease 2 more year like this last one before my seat gets hot. Thoughts? C'mon, I beat Bama in the Sugar Bowl!
Ted Miller (3:31 PM) It surprises me hearing folks grumble about Whittingham. The reality is the Utes made a major jump in competition. If Boise State joined the Pac-12, the same thing would happen. Would folks then question Chris Petersen? It's going to take a few years for Utah to look like a top-half Pac-12 team. But, yes, if the Utes have two more losing seasons, I'd say Whittingham's seat would be hot, and justifiably so
Goswami (NYC) Which QB starts for my Golden Bears next year?
Ted Miller (3:36 PM) I think Zach Kline will prevail. Dykes probably likes the idea of going with a RS FR who can learn the system and play a couple more years.
Go Greyhounds! (Pullman, WA) Do you see any changes to the Oregon State coaching staff this off season?
Ted Miller (3:38 PM) I think DC Mark Banker might get a few looks... perhaps USC or California.
Beavfann (Denver) Do you have any insights into why the Beavers do not do well in recruiting terms 4 and 5 star guys? I like how Riley can develop guys, but it would be nice to get a couple prospects that come in rated highly.
Ted Miller (3:40 PM) Are there any schools that are comparable to Oregon State in location, history and stadium size that get 4 or 5 star guys? Oregon has taken a step forward in recruiting due to a deeeeeeep pocketed booster, but its fans also complain about recruiting. Beavers, do you want to be Texas, that disappoints with 5 star recruits? Or Oregon State, which turns boys into men?
Engineer Mike (Switzerland) Ted, quick! Check the rulebook! Isn't there some possible way for ND and AL to both lose the national championship game? I'm so torn in deciding whom to root AGAINST.
Ted Miller (3:45 PM) We were talking about that on an ESPN conference call the other day. Lots of folks root against Notre Dame. But lots of folks don't want the SEC to win a seventh consecutive title. What do you do? Me... I'm excited about the game. I'm just rooting for a game that goes into the fourth quarter.
Jeremy (Honolulu) Am I the only one who thinks CK leaving for the NFL would be a poor decision? The teams that have slowed his offense are teams with NFL -caliber defensive fronts. I don't see this style of play working at the next level
Ted Miller (3:48 PM) Kelly isn't married to a scheme. That's what folks are missing. What NFL teams most want is as much his CEO skills as anything. Kelly will use his very big brain to adapt to the NFL. But I hope he stays. I'd miss going back and forth with him.
Julian (Sunnyvale Trailer Park) Do you see the Sun Devils taking another step forward next year with another year with the system? They also got Kelly with more experience and lots of young talent.
Ted Miller (3:54 PM) Yes... my feeling is the Sun Devils are in a nice place. Some holes to fill, particularly if Sutton bolts, but the future looks bright. It seems like he's recruiting well, too. I love the idea of both Arizona schools doing well.
GreenandGold Duck (Sacramento) If the playoffs were to start this year, how do you think Oregon would fare?
Ted Miller (3:56 PM) I think Oregon would win the national championship, particularly if the final game only featured a week or two between the semifinal.
Mike (Anaheim) Will Todd McNair take down the NCAA?
Ted Miller (3:59 PM) I think he's going to win his case, and that it's going to embarrass the NCAA... I like that it's making real what I've long claimed: The NCAA screwed over USC unfairly and knew it was doing so and did so because it could.