While the USC Trojans had a less than jolly season as a whole, news of Monte Kiffin’s resignation created speculation for the most awkward family Christmas to date. Jokes aside, Trojan faithful were gifted an early present, with news that an internal hire to fill the AC position was made, with none other, than Ed Orgeron.
While a few 2013 recruits have pulled their verbal commitments, a trend has emerged indicating that several other recruits throughout the country seem relatively unfazed at the 7-5 season. This is largely due to the fact that not only has the former defensive coordinator stayed with the program, he will have a bigger say in play calling which appeared sluggish throughout the season with the aging Monte.
Anyone familiar with USC and their traditions are well aware that the uniform design is a gold standard staple, untouched by time. In tracking comments from students, fans, and even a few alumni throughout the season, one thing is for certain: USC needs to pitch a few traditions to maintain competitiveness in the constantly evolving world of football.
Over the years we’ve noticed that schools like Oregon have solidified dominance, and while they’ve come up short in several big games, recruits like QB Marcus Mariota continue to pour into Eugene. The greater question is why? The Ducks aren’t established as a powerhouse school, they have zero Heisman winners, and as many National Championships.
What the Ducks might be lacking in hardware, they make up for with talent, and will continue to haunt recruiters because what 16-18 year old guys want, is what they offer: modernity.
The UCLA Bruins, Oregon State Beavers, Arizona State Sun Devils, and others including the Stanford Cardinal have evolved into the 21st century in terms of gear and uniforms, and while the Trojans have adapted with modern design gloves and cleats, unveiling a new look entirely – or alternates – might give USC that edge, which is necessary when trying to appeal to a demographic that is easily swayed by labels, and for lack of a better word, “swag”.
This seems like such a trivial and small issue in the grander scheme, but analyzing the Trojans roster, and those expected to sign on February 1st, indicates another potentially dangerous team. With the right coaching personnel, combined with players who feel competitive, this just might be the edge USC needs to bounce back unscathed.
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