News around the USC football program have really sent fans into a tailspin and with the latest news surrounding offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, it won’t get any better. There have been reports that Texas head coach Tom Herman is targeting Trojans offensive coordinator Graham Harrell to take the same position with the Longhorns. On Wednesday afternoon Anwar Richardson of Orange Bloods tweeted that the Herman has spoken with Harrell and that there is interest on both sides.
Tom Herman has reached out to USC's Graham Harrell about the vacant OC position at Texas, according to my sources. I'm told there is interest on both sides. LSU's Joe Brady is still in play. However, Herman is moving fast.— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) December 4, 2019
Tom Herman fired offensive coordinator Tim Beck on Sunday after the Longhorns went 7-5 this season. Losing Harrell could be a huge blow to the Trojans considering what he has done to the offense this season. The Trojans offense has been a major strength to the team, ranking in the Top 20 in total offense this season. Harrell has shown what he can with with major talent.
There are a few reasons to why Harrell could be interested in Texas. One is that Harrell is from Texas and the thought of coaching with the Longhorns could be too sweet for him to not think about. Two is that Texas and Herman could potentially throw more money to pry him away from USC.
With Clay Helton’s future at USC after 2020 shaky, USC will have to find a way to keep their offensive coordinator. USC’s offense started off pretty slowly with players trying to find their way in the air raid scheme, however down the stretch of the season it improved. Kedon Slovis stepped in for an injured JT Daniels and has done nothing but impressed throwing for over 3,000 yards, 28 touchdowns and 9 interceptions while setting school records. The USC wide receivers, who have been considered to be one of the best in the nation, have also racked up over 2,000 yards receiving as a group. Against UCLA, Drake London, Michael Pittman Jr., Tyler Vaughns, and Amon-Ra St.Brown racked up 100 yards each in the win. It was the 4th time in NCAA history that 4 wide receivers on the same team had 100 yards each in a single game.