The rube in Homerism wants to believe that USC coach Pete Carroll's performance at Mark Sanchez's farewell press conference showed his genuine concern for one of his players. My cynical side says it was motivated more by his genuine concern for the state the Trojans' quarterback situation.
Can the Trojans continue to plug in quarterback after quarterback and not miss a beat? With last year's starter Mark Sanchez making his debatable move to the NFL, USC will have a full-blown quarterback competition going this spring. The list of candidates is long and distinguished. Redshirt freshman Aaron Corp appears to be the frontrunner and is considered the most athletic QB prospect Carroll has had. Super-transfer Mitch Mustain from Arkansas has the billing, but he has yet to really take the reins. Incoming freshman Matt Barkley also is generating loads of buzz, even though it's tough to see a true freshman playing quarterback in Troy.
Year one of the RichRod era for Big Blue failed to identify a Pat White-type quarterback with the tools to trigger the spread option. The news that the relatively underwhelming Steven Threet was heading out for greener pastures has heightened the uncertainty in Ann Arbor. Consequently, year two could find a freshman under center. "Underwhelming" would be a compliment when discussing Nick Sheridan's play in 2008, but as of now, he's the only quarterback with any experience in coach Rich Rodriguez's version of the spread. That probably means he'll get most of the spring snaps. Early enrollee Tate Forcier will learn at Sheridan's side. However, both may be keeping a seat warm for when promising recruit Denard Robinson arrives in the fall.