Well Trojan Family we have found our man. As Scott Schrader of TrojanInsider.com first reported last Thursday morning, Kliff Kingsbury is set to be the USC Trojans’ offensive coordinator in 2019. The rumors began to swirl about the former Texas Tech head coach replacing Tee Martin at USC after Martin was fired last Tuesday.
SOURCE: Kliff Kingsbury apparently hired as new #USC Offensive Coordinator https://t.co/04MJI8vfCK via @USCScoop #FightOn— Scott Schrader (@Scott_Schrader) November 29, 2018
Days after Schrader first reported that Kingsbury was lined up to be USC’s new offensive coordinator, FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman announced that the two parties had finally agreed to a deal.
Why is Kingsbury a home run hire for the Trojans? With USC’s offensive weapons in wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown, Michael Pittman Jr., and Tyler Vaughns, combined with quarterback JT Daniels who has the arm talent to run an air raid offense, the Trojans’ offensive woes of 2018 will likely be just a bad memory.
Kingsbury has coached star college quarterbacks such as Johnny Manziel, while he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M, and former Texas Tech yardage monster Patrick Mahomes. Will Daniels finally get the coaching he deserves to reach the potential he has as the former No. 1 quarterback recruit in nation? It would seem so.
Kingsbury’s hire breathes new life into the world of Trojan football. His high powered offensive systems are not the only thing to be excited about if you are USC. With Kingsbury, the Trojans now have the opportunity to really tap into Texas high school football recruiting.
It is no secret that California, Florida, and Texas the the three biggest hot beds for high school football talent. With USC already having a strong presence in Florida, San Antonio native Kingsbury gives the Trojans a chance to turn all three states cardinal and gold.
For those worried that the air raid offense will take away USC’s historic running game plans, have no fear.
If the Kingsbury hire comes to fruition, and you opine about USC abandoning the run, consider this:— Kyle Kensing Full of Holiday Cheer (@kensing45) November 29, 2018
Texas Tech rushed 122 more times than Stanford this past season, and scored twice as many rushing touchdowns. Tech's pass-run ratio was comparable to that of Purdue, not Wazzu
Will USC finally have the balanced offense it had been trying to preach all of 2018? With the Trojans’ depth at the running back position it would be hard for Kingsbury to justify shying away from utilizing such talent. However, one thing is certain about the Kingsbury hire, USC’s off-season will be as exciting as ever.