There is a battle for recruits in Southern California between USC and UCLA. As it stands now, USC is winning the 2011 war for talent, as they have for the last eight years. USC’s dominance will continue.
One reason is that the Bruins were woeful on offense last year with their new Pistol offense.
Another reason is the manner in which new offensive coordinator Mike Johnson was hired. UCLA’s existing offensive coordinator Norm Chow was still on staff, and the addition of Coach Johnson was very confusing considering Chow’s role.
The confusing manner and prolonged process in which Johnson was brought on board adds one more pickle to Rick Neuheisel’s daily dilemmas. These and other recent Bruin mistakes contribute to the USC Trojans excelling at recruiting, continuing their rivalry dominance and helping to dim the NCAA sanction spotlight.
These predicaments will also help keep Neuheisel on the hot seat. Here are a few reasons why: