Change is inevitable, it should be welcomed with open arms as it always brings renewal and opportunity. I congratulate Pete Carroll on his promotion to the NFL and thank him for everything he did for our Alma Mater; the memories will last a lifetime.
In the next few days, I fully expect that
PC will handle this delicate situation with dignity, honor and nobility. As an alum, fan and donor all I ask is the following:
From Pete Carroll:
Do not raid the USC coaching staff. Do not take a single one of them (not even Bates or Brennan), so as to not leave the program in disarray and to provide continuity for our athletes.
Call the recruits immediately. Tell them the truth and reassure them about the future of the program you designed and nurtured. Make a final sales pitch, tell the kids you will always be a Trojan, and they have a friend in the NFL.
c) On Monday morning, make your official announcement at Heritage Hall in front of the Trojan family, make an inspiring speech encouraging everyone to Win Forever and Fight On!
From Mike Garrett:
With the assistant coaching staff in place it will be possible to continue the recruiting process and assure the kids that the house that Carroll built will be stewarded by an elite coach.
b) Choose a youthful and energetic coach to carry on in the joyful spirit of Pete Carroll, but get it done in one week or risk losing most of our recruiting class. Make it someone like Chris Petersen, Jim Mora, Bronco Mendenhall, Pat Fitzgerald or even Nick Holt. If you insist on bringing in a retread, you can hire Jack Del Rio, Bob Stoops, Ed Orgeron, Norm Chow or even Herm Edwards if things get desperate. The boldest choice would be Mike Leach; with our 5-Star players he would terrorize the Pac-10 from the get-go, but thanks to the chaos in your athletic department The Pirate is practically untouchable, still...
c) Above all, even if you screw up all of the above, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS CARDINAL AND GOLD, PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME TRYING TO HIRE MIKE RILEY OR JIMBO HARBAUGH. Riley isn't going anywhere and Jimbo is a "Class A" douche -you should know.
d) Finally; one week after the new HC is hired, announce your retirement, to be effective in June 2010. You will be able to save your reputation and honor by showing reverence towards USC and your Trojan family, the family that has given you everything.