Pac-12: Kennedy Polamalu

Truly a sight to behold. A man beaten. The once great champ, now, a study in moppishness. No longer the victory hungry stallion we've raced so many times before, but a pathetic, washed up, aged ex-champion.

Pac-12 links: Remembering Jim Sweeney

February, 11, 2013
The squatters in their rags nodded among themselves and were soon reckoning him correct, this man of learning, in all his speculations, and this the judge encouraged until they were right proselytes of the new order whereupon he laughed at them for fools.

Lane Kiffin continues to clean house

February, 11, 2013
Kennedy Polamalu is out as USC's titular offensive coordinator, which will reignite speculation that coach Lane Kiffin might relinquish offensive play-calling responsibilities as he overhauls his staff.

Polamalu, a former Trojans running back and highly respected assistant known as an outstanding recruiter, is the fourth coach to leave the USC staff after a disappointing 2012 season, joining defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, linebackers coach Scottie Hazelton and defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders.

Most of the reorganization took place on defense, where former California coordinator Clancy Pendergast has been hired to clean things up.

While the Trojans' offense was often potent, it also was inconsistent, which was surprising considering its A-list, veteran talent. Further, there were several head-scratching games and possessions, most notably a bumbling goal-line sequence against Notre Dame that won't be brought up because that would be cruel to USC fans.

There's a strong undercurrent of feeling around the program that Kiffin needs to give up calling plays so he can be more hands-on with the overall management of his team. While Polamalu didn't call plays, his departure leaves an offensive vacancy so a potential play-caller could be hired, though it's also likely there will be further shuffling of responsibilities on the staff.

The question is does Kiffin have a plan? This is not the ideal time to be hiring coaches, and USC is less a destination job now because Kiffin is decidedly on a hot seat heading into 2013. While the money Kiffin can offer will be good, job security will be a question.

Here's some interesting speculation on what Kiffin might do.

Weekend scrimmage updates

April, 2, 2012
Catching you up on some of the spring scrimmages from Saturday.

Arizona State

In the three-way race for a starting quarterback, none of the trio have separated themselves during the first six practices, according to Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic. Mike Bercovici started the scrimmage on Saturday, followed by Michael Eubank and then Taylor Kelly. Per Haller, all three appeared to take the same amount of reps.

Bercovici led a pair of scoring drives -- including a drive that started at the 1-yard line and netted a field goal. Eubank threw a pair of touchdown passes, but was also running quite a bit.

"Whatever it takes to get in the end zone," Eubank told Haller. "If I got to run, if I got to hop, jump, bark like a dog, I'll do it."

James Morrison and Deantre Lewis had the bulk of the carries at running back with Cameron Marshall still recovering from ankle surgery.


Quarterbacks are also the primary point of interest at USC, though not for the 2012 season. A lot of this spring has been about grooming a quarterback to eventually replace Matt Barkley in 2013. And in Saturday's scrimmage it was Max Wittek and Cody Kessler taking center stage.

Each quarterback took a half working with the No. 1 offense, though with so many players out with injury, it was more of a piecemeal unit.

"They seem very mature when you are around the huddle with them," USC coach Lane Kiffin told reporters. "I'd be very comfortable with both of them [running the offense in a game]."

Curtis McNeal and Tre Madden both rushed for touchdowns. With so much of the offense gone, Kiffin let quarterbacks coach Clay Helton, running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu and Barkley do the play calling.

"I had a feeling what the stats would be like so I didn't want those on my resume," Kiffin joked.

You can also see a full scrimmage recap from Garry Paskweitz at WeAreSC here. Insider

Washington State

Jeff Tuel saw the majority of snaps for the Cougars, completing 11-of-17 passes for 95 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. David Gilbertson ran the second-team offense and was 5-of-8 for 52 yards with a score and a pick.

On the receiving end, Kristoff Williams, Bennett Bontemps, Gino Simone and the aptly named Blair Bomber all caught touchdowns.

Per the, Connor Halliday was not at the practice.

"[Halliday is] doing great," said head coach Mike Leach. "He's got a family deal he's taking care and we couldn't be more excited. We're going to have a very thrilling film meeting and can't wait to see him back there. Cause I think that's going to be [exciting] for all of us. We're looking forward to seeing him again. He's only been gone for a couple hours, but we miss him."

WeAreSC Thursday links: Scrimmage talk

March, 22, 2012
WeAreSC Roundtable Insider: WeAreSC's panel discusses the three things they are looking for in the first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday.

Erik McKinney writes Insider: USC running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu discusses the move of rising sophomore Tre Madden from linebacker to running back.

Erik McKinney writes Insider: Rising junior safety Demetrius Wright is determined to make his mark this spring.

WeAreSC chat wrap: Garry Paskwietz discusses the hot topics surrounding USC football.

Links: Breaking down Aziz Shittu

October, 19, 2011
A few news and notes from We Are SC:

Kyle Williams writes : Williams got a chance to see Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony defensive tackle Aziz Shittu this summer at USC's Nike camp. He was impressed.

Garry Paskwietz writes: This week's roundtable goes down memory lane, looking at the best victories for USC over Notre Dame.

Garry Paskwietz writes: After playing for USC against Notre Dame, Kennedy Polamalu, Joe Barry and Sammy Knight return to the rivalry as assistant coaches.