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Why Alex Grinch will not leave USC to become Arizona State’s next coach

The 2021 coaching carousel taught me — and a lot of other people who have been following college football for a long time — to never say never. What seemed absolutely ridiculous and highly implausible became reality, and not just once, either.

Lincoln Riley left Oklahoma to coach USC. Brian Kelly then left Notre Dame to coach LSU. Neither turn of events seemed remotely possible or the slightest bit realistic. Just one of those two things happening was an earthquake. Both of them happening on consecutive days was an end-of-the-world-level comet hitting the planet in terms of impact, disruption and chaos.

Never say never. We won’t guarantee that Alex Grinch will stay at USC and not take the Arizona State job, but we’re certainly not convinced he will bolt.

It’s still very unlikely that Alex Grinch would leave USC and Lincoln Riley for Arizona State. Let’s explain why.


Southern California head coach Lincoln Riley, left, talks with defensive coordinator Alex Grinch during an NCAA college football practice Thursday, March 24, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lincoln Riley has been very loyal to Alex Grinch, on a scale which would certainly seem to merit reciprocal loyalty from Grinch to his boss. Start with that point. Many people think Riley should have hired a much better defensive coordinator at USC. Grinch knows Riley has trusted him on a level other coaches would not have displayed.


Precisely because Riley has been loyal to Alex Grinch, the defensive coordinator knows he needs to get Riley and USC to the national championship game. Riley has made the College Football Playoff three times as a head coach, four if you count his 2015 season as Oklahoma offensive coordinator, but he has not yet won a playoff semifinal. Grinch needs to get USC to that stage. If he does, then his…

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Publish date : 2022-09-20 17:44:46

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