McLaughlin: Does USC Need a New Defensive Coordinator?

Spencer looks at some of the fallout from USC's surprising 46-45 loss to Tulane out of the AAC

Posted on January 5, 2023

  By Spencer McLaughlin of Locked on Pac-12 for SuperWest Sports


Lincoln Riley led USC to their most wins since 2017 in just his first season, legitimizing the very real hype that surrounded the hire in the offseason.

But after dropping their last two games, allowing over 40 points in both, should the Trojans be considering a new defensive coordinator?

On today’s episode of Locked On Pac-12, I look at some of the fallout from USC’s surprising 46-45 loss to Tulane out of the American Conference.

usc logoThe defense let the Trojans down, and with Caleb Williams coming back next year USC has to be more balanced to get into the College Football Playoff.

All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention WR Tre’Shaun Harrison was very quiet for Oregon State’s offense in a dominant 30-3 win over Florida in the Las Vegas Bowl.

I also look at why that was, and with his departure why the Beavs need to place finding a true No. 1 wide receiver for DJ Uiagalelei as a high priority.

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