Morning Ram-blings: USC gets a coach

ST. LOUIS -- The University of Southern California named a head football coach Monday afternoon. It should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention that the new man in charge is not St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher.

The Trojans nabbed Washington coach Steve Sarkisian to take the reins and turn the men of Troy back into a powerhouse. Sarkisian coached at USC for seven seasons, including time as offensive coordinator before he took over and helped turn around Washington's program.

Rumors had run rampant on a couple of occasions that Fisher would be the former Trojan returning to his Los Angeles roots to take over at his alma mater and right the ship.

Despite the ludicrous idea that Fisher would abandon his job as Rams coach -- a job which pays him $7 million a year and has three more years after this on the contract -- some still believed that Fisher would actually consider going to college and leading the Trojans.

Fisher himself shot down the rumors over the summer but even that wasn't enough for some to rule him out as a candidate.

"That's absurd," Fisher said then. "They're rumors."

Now, those rumors can finally die for good.


A roundup of Monday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. … We began the morning with this week's Upon Further Review, a look at four hot issues coming out of Sunday's game against San Francisco. … From there, we got to the late morning edition of the Ram-blings with Fisher discussing the call for a fake punt that didn't work out. … Next, we looked at playing time and production of the Rams' rookie class in this week's Rookie Review. … The Rams and Saints game has been re-scheduled for a later start time on Dec. 15. … I was stuck in airports all day Monday and the result was an impromptu Twitter mailbag. … Finally, it was the news that center Scott Wells is likely out for the season with a fractured fibula.


Niners tight end Vernon Davis was not pleased with how Rams safety T.J. McDonald tackled him during Sunday's game.

At stltoday.com, columnist Bernie Miklasz airs his grievances with the Rams' secondary.

Miklasz also took the Rams to task for their histrionics in Sunday's game against the Niners.

Joe Strauss writes that the Rams were brought back to Earth by the Niners.

Jim Thomas discusses the failed trickery of the Rams in San Francisco.