The Trojans battled hard on the road against No. 14 Notre Dame but came up just short. In the end, the Trojans were simply outcoached.After scoring 24 first half points, the Trojans managed only seven points in the second half, while being outscored 17-0 in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly made the necessary halftime adjustments for his team to win, while interim head coach Clay Helton failed to do so.The Trojans have been plagued with poor game management and in-game adjustments since Pete Carroll’s departure in 2010. The Trojans got it wrong with the hiring of both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian, as each of their tenures ended in dramatic fashion.Now looking for their third permanent head coach since 2010, the Trojans cannot afford to get it wrong again.Finding a good head coach can be difficult. Just ask Michigan.Up until this year, the Wolverines had been stuck in middle tier purgatory since Lloyd Carr’s retirement in 2007. The Wolverines went with a young coach who had promise (Rich Rodriguez) and then with a coach with more experience (Brady Hoke). Unfortunately for Michigan neither coach worked out.Now Jim Harbaugh has a team, which went 5-7 last season, off to 5-2 start — which should have been 6-1 if not for a miracle play by Michigan State — and in the midst of the Big 10 race. Coaching matters.The effects of a bad coach are felt both on and off the field. During Hoke’s last two seasons at Michigan, the Wolverines only managed the 20th and 37th best recruiting classes in the nation, according to 247Sports. Harbaugh already has Michigan’s 2016 class at No. 9. Coaching matters.On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have Ohio State. After Jim Tressel’s sudden resignation after the Terrell Pryror bribery scandal, the Buckeyes moved swiftly and hired one of the best coaches in college football — Urban Meyer. There was no layover for the Buckeyes as they continued their dominance in the Big 10.The Buckeyes have gone 45-3 with a national championship in the three plus years under Meyer. The Buckeyes have also had a top 10 recruiting class every year under Meyer. Coaching matters.Unfortunately for the Trojans, there are only a few elite coaches in college football — Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Jimbo Fisher — and prying them away from their current school would be damn near impossible.However, the Trojans have passed up some pretty good coaches including Chris Peterson in favor of the Pete Carroll coaching tree during their past two head coaching searches. This kind of decision-making must stop now.As last season’s recruiting class shows, the Trojans can recruit the best of the best. Players want to don the cardinal and gold for two reasons: the history and tradition, and the fact that USC student-athletes often find themselves playing on Sundays.Heck, the Trojans are even three-point favorites over No. 3 Utah despite the fact they are 1-3 in games not against Arkansas State and Idaho.The Trojans have survived over the past few years with the help of the limelight from the Carroll era. Players like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Adoree’ Jackson and Marqise Lee grew up idolizing the likes of Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Lendale White.Regrettably, the Trojans are faced with a harsh reality: The last time they won a championship was more than 10 years ago. The last time they won the Pac-12 was 2008. The team can no longer sell players on the past. Instead, they must focus on the present.USC’s next coaching decision could determine the next five to 10 years. A great hire will keep the Trojans competitive and exciting, but another bust could see the Trojans fall into the same hole that Michigan did.Fortunately for USC, the job is extremely appealing. A new coach will get another year out of Adoree’, JuJu and — wishfully thinking — Su’a Cravens. The freshmen will be another year older, and there will be no NCAA sanctions on the program. The Trojans head coaching job looks much better now than it did when Kiffin took over with a two year postseason ban — and when Sarkisian took over in the last year of scholarship reductions.The Trojans are loaded on both sides of the ball, have some of the best freshmen in the country and are a national powerhouse. All the pieces are there for USC to bring in a big name. Now all they have to do is make sure they don’t mess up again.After all, as we’ve all seen over the past five years: coaching matters.Nick Barbarino is a senior majoring in business administration. His column, “Beyond the Arc,” runs Thursdays.
AUBREY BRUCEDuring the 2012 off-season some very interesting things happened as far as the Pittsburgh Steelers are concerned.Going against the popular belief, the most significant event that occurred entering into the 2012 Steelers campaign was Ben Roethlisberger’s wedding. “Big” Ben then had surgery when the 2013 mini-camp was about to begin. Now he continues to bark about not fully “understanding” the playbook terminology during the transitional period that the Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley was hired. “Big” Ben continues deflecting criticism of his sometimes erratic performances on Todd Haley and his offensive playbook, the offensive line, the lack of interceptions and turnovers by the defense.In a story written by Alan Robinson and published by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Roethlisberger said, “We had everybody here and one new guy came. When he came in, he brought in his stuff and said, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do.’ “We would get things and we would say, ‘Oh, we know this play it’s the same thing we had but it’s called completely different. So why not call it the same thing?’ So there was a lot of frustration with that. I had them [disagreements] with BA (Bruce Arians) and coach Whis (Ken Whisenhunt). I think they got blown up.”Ben also said, “I think it was big of Todd to say. ‘OK, let’s change it to things you are more comfortable with.’ Not everything went to a change, but it was nice we all got together.” Roethlisberger also said in the interview with Robinson that “I pulled a couple of the offensive guys aside this offseason and said, ‘Hey, listen I would like to take more of a leadership role of the whole team, and I’d like you guys to be more of the offensive leaders.”The Steelers offense was ranked 21st in 2012, No. 12 in 2011, No. 14 in 2010. No. 7 in 2009, No. 22 in 2008. Are you kidding me? If indeed Roethlisberger is Pittsburgh’s “franchise” quarterback then by all statistical indicators he or the offense was not very good during the past five seasons regardless of what his personal statistics might suggest.Now get this, ya can’t tie Todd Haley for the previous four seasons. C’mon now a “franchise” QB has to at least have his offense crack the top ten of a 32 team league, especially when the Offensive Coordinator is your “homeboy.” That’s not me talking ladies and gents, the numbers speak for themselves.Also, please remember that he threw a “sophomoric” like pick against the Bengals last December that extinguished the Steelers chances of making the 2012 playoffs.Gregg Rosenthal posted this from ‘Around The League’ on nfl.com: “Trying to make some late-game magic, Roethlisberger threw an inexcusable interception with just 14 seconds left. Dalton delivered one of his best throws of the day on the ensuing play, hitting A.J. Green for 21 yards, and Josh Brown sent the Steelers fans home unhappy with a game-winning, 43-yard field goal.”
Image Courtesy: Humans of Bombay/Telegraph IndiaAdvertisement 3fi36NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscm8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2nxe3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) boczWould you ever consider trying this?😱dwCan your students do this? 🌚azsRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sunil Chhetri- the front face of Indian football, the striker from Secundrabad we all know and love. The skipper of Bengaluru FC and the national team. India’s all time leading goalscorer, and only the second highest in the world after Cristiano Ronaldo. Honoured with the Pama Shri award in 2019. However, one achievement he will always cherish, and that is his beloved wife Sonam Bhattacharya, daughter of the one and only Subrata Bhattacharya.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Humans of Bombay/Telegraph IndiaStarting his senior career at Mohun Bagan in 2002, Sunil played under Subrata Bhattacharya, the club hall of fame who was at the helm of the Mariners at that time. During his time there, Sunil caught the attention of Sonam, and the two ended up marrying after dating for 13 years.Speaking to the social media community Humans of Bombay, the 35 year old shared his love life, and how he tied knots with his former gaffer’s daughter.Advertisement “Her father was my coach, and he used to always specially mention this guy called ‘Chhetri’ to her. I was 18, and she was only 15. She was really curious about me so she stole my number for her dad’s phone and texted me saying, ‘Hi! I’m Sonam and I’m a big fan, I want to meet you.”Sunil married Sonam in the month of December in 2017, after more than a decade of commitment- which started off just with a text message.Advertisement “That went on for two months, and then one day my coach’s phone stopped working — so he gave it to me to fix. While I was fixing it, the coach’s daughter called and her number looked familiar to me. That’s when I realised that it was Sonam’s number! I was so livid.”Although having butterflies in his stomach, Sunil was genuinely scared to continue forward with his own feelings, as he felt such a daring job of dating your coach’s daughter may end up being detrimental to his career.However, they started dating, and both continued to hold onto their feelings. While Chhetri went on to win three Nehru Cups, four I-leagues, the Arjuna award in 2011 and six AIFF Player of the Year awards, and numerous other honours and silverware, his bonding with Sonam grew stronger with the flow if time, and two years back he decided to make the decision.“When we sat down, her dad started talking about everything under the sun. Until I finally mustered the courage and told him, ‘Sir, I love your daughter and I believe she loves me too’. He just said, ‘Ya, ya it’s okay’ and went to the bathroom. Finally when he came out, he gave his nod of approval! And in a few months, we got married.”Read the whole story here – Advertisement