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Posted by Big Ron on July 06, 19 at 20:38:18:

In Reply to: Re: Oops, Long has moved up to number 5 posted by So So on July 06, 19 at 12:31:19:

The LA schools sit in the middle of a target rich environment, but both schools seem destined for self destruction. USC has the resources, the prestige and the flexibility as a private institution to attract just about any coach in the country. But an inept athletic department keeps hiring duds. Sooner or later some big money boosters will bring in another Pete and the Trojan ship will right itself. I dread that day. But until that day, USC fans are frustrated that the top recruits that are leaving USC behind.

UCLA might be more of an interesting experiment. Chip Kelly elevated the Oregon program by introducing his strategy and game based on a war of attrition. No huddle, fast play, keep the ball moving until the opponent had to go deep into its bench. Then once Chip spotted subs playing adjacent to one another, he went for the kill. His college methodology relied on a deeper bench of competent players. But if failed in the NFL because all the teams had similar talent and bench depth. League parity was his NFL fatal flaw. Now he returns to a college environment where all teams play his uptempo game. Playmakers are critical. So is game planning. His coaching ability might prove to be his new college fatal flaw. If UCLA does not look good on the field, Chip might not attract the playmakers needed to compete with the best of the PAC.

The failure of USC and UCLA to capitalize on its local talent pool has led to a feeding frenzy by SEC teams and other PAC schools. I hope ASU gets to do some LA feeding as well. Now is the time to establish a pipeline from traditional Metro LA powerhouses.

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