So the coaching carousel starts early this year. Since USC is a top destination, and Texas possibly being open as well, it could be a big year of musical chairs.
NFL coaches to USC => no college shake up:
Jack Del Rio (Denver Bronco’s DC) and Jeff Fisher (St Louis Rams) both played for USC and have NFL coaching experience, something USC has liked in the past, and something USC sees working at cross-town rival, UCLA.
PAC-12 Coaches to USC => shake up mainly in PAC-12:
Steve Sarkisian, the former USC OC and now Washington HC, could set off a small chain reaction, mainly in the PAC-12.
SEC coach to USC/UT => major chain reaction:
An SEC HC or Coordinator leaving for USC or Texas would cause the biggest chain reaction because the SEC would pull other coaches in like a vacuum for the big SEC salaries. Kirby Smart, the DC at Bama, has been named every year as the top coordinator and most like to get the next high profile HC job. His D is not as stout this year as last, so this may be the year to finally make the move. He’s a Georgia alum, and may have been waiting for that job to open, but Richt is not on the hot seat and a top destination like USC or Texas may be his best option. Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M has no ties to USC, but he could be the trendy pick right now. (He is actually a Purdue alum--too bad Purdue did not hire him when Houston did!) While Sumlin is in much better shape than Dan Mullen at Miss St, he might still draw a lesson from Mullen and take the higher profile job while he can. Even SEC homers should admit the HC at USC is a bigger job than HC TAMU.
ACC, Big East, etc coaches to USC/UT => moderate chain reaction:
Charlie Strong (HC at Louisville) seems to be like Kirby Smart, in that he has often been named as the candidate for the next big job yet he has turned down pretty big jobs like Tennessee. The HC jobs don't get much bigger than USC and Texas, so maybe that is the job that lures him away from Louisville. This is Teddy Bridgewater's last year, and the recruiting class is mediocre, so it would be a good year for Charlie to make the move. Another name regularly listed as candidate for a HC job of a high profile school is Clemson's OC Chad Morris. At age 44, Morris does not have as much experience at top level schools. USC may want more of a proven commodity, but if Kevin Sumlin moved to USC, then Chad Morris could take over Texas A&M, Morris’ alma mater. Morris could also be attractive to Texas, because he has ties to the Texas HS recruiting circuit. He is from Texas and was a HS coach there. Oh, and there is always Chris Petersen at Boise State.
Effects on tOSU's recruiting:
Chad Morris leaving Clemson could put QB Deshaun Watson in play. Watson (#44 on 247 composite) was Urban’s #1 choice for QB in this cycle. We all see what Urban’s #1 choice in the 2012 cycle is doing now at FSU. If Morris goes to TAMU r Texas, they already have recruited top QBs (Kyle Allen, #21 on 247 composite and J Heard, #69, respectively). Other Clemson offensive recruits could also be in play: WR Artavius Scott (#85 in 247 composite) and/or WR Demarre Kitt (#112 in 247 composite). Does Urban have room?
No matter who takes over for Mack Brown, could Urban pick up DE Solomon Thomas ( #21 on 247 composite), who is a Texas lean but also considering Stanford and tOSU?
If Kevin Sumlin left TAMU and took his DC with him, would DE Miles Garrett, (#16 on 247 Composite), consider Ohio State?
Urban better save some room!