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New “Inside the Trojans’ Huddle” (Tuesday, Nov. 7) edition: Grinch firing, Washington review, Oregon preview, and more

Greg Katzby:Greg Katz11/07/23
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New “Inside the Trojans’ Huddle” (Tuesday, Nov. 7) edition: Grinch firing, Washington review, Oregon preview, 2024 Big Ten schedule, Big Ten Lightning Round, viewers’ Q&A, Pac-12 predictions, and more


In Tuesday’s edition of Inside the Trojans Huddle, panelists Marc Kulkin, Erik McKinney, Chris Arledge, and Greg Katz analyze the firing of defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, review the Washington game, preview Saturday’s Oregon game, the 2024 Big Ten schedule, a new Big Ten Lightning Round, viewers’ questions, and predictions on this weekend’s Pac-12 games.

First Quarter

In the first quarter of the Huddle, the panel gives their reactions and analysis of the firing of defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. The panel is then asked to access Grinch’s replacements, defensive line coach Shaun Nua and linebackers coach Brian Odom. The panel is asked what can Nua and Odom possibly change – if anything – with just two games remaining.

Looking forward, the panel then gets the loaded question of how much the Alex Grinch firing reflects on Lincoln Riley as the USC head coach and his credibility from within and outside the program.

Moving to the recruiting effects of the Grinch firing as DC, the panel talks about the current and future effects of defensive recruiting and then transitions into potential candidates for the next USC defensive coordinator. There are a number of names brought up by the panel, most from the college game and a couple of former Trojans – couple in the NFL and one currently coaching in college.

Wrapping up the first quarter, the panel then spends some brief time regarding their thoughts, impressions, and comments regarding the Washington game. The panel is asked what they thought were the key play(s) of the game, and the foursome doesn’t hold back.      

Second Quarter

In the second quarter of the Huddle, the panel previews Saturday’s Oregon game up in Eugene. Most of the panel comes right out and gives their honest assessment for this Saturday’s game in Autzen Stadium, and it isn’t a ringing endorsement for a cardinal and gold victory. The CFP No. 6 Ducks (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) are high-scoring on offense and extremely stingy on defense (14.0).

The panel is asked to assess the good, bad, and potentially ugly if both the Oregon offensive and defensive get rolling. The panel then looks at the weaknesses and strengths of the Trojans and the Ducks.


The panel gives their thoughts on the recently released 2024 USC Big Ten schedule. What stands out, what are the intriguing matchups, and which Big Ten away games have the most interest from a fans’ perspective. The panel believes the Trojans drew a huge break in November scheduling. Find out why.

Third Quarter

In the third quarter, the panel gives their rapid responses in the Big Ten Lightning Round. Among the questions answered were USC/Oregon performance stats predictions for Caleb Williams and Bo Nix, rushing total for USC and Oregon, the turnover battle, potential targeting flags, the Eugene weather, defensive coordinator candidates from college or the NFL, and following other panelist’s sports teams not named USC.

Following the lighting of the WeAreSC symbolic Coliseum torch between the third and fourth quarters of the Huddle, the panel leads off the fourth quarter by answering viewers’ questions.

Fourth Quarter

In the fourth quarter, the panel gives their opinions from viewers’ questions relating to defensive coordinator leadership, meeting Chris Arledge, Lincoln Riley and the defense, Jen Cohen and NIL money, youth football, Riley and the media, political football questions, hiring a new defensive coordinator, and more…  


In the Overtime period, the panel makes Pac-12 predictions for this weekend’s conference game that include Arizona at Colorado, Utah at Washington, Washington State at Cal, Stanford at Oregon State, ASU at UCLA, and USC at Oregon.   

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