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07:24 AM ET 12.02 | Soon, Southern Cal may have a clearer picture for its roadmap of the future. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and Boise State coach Chris Petersen are top candidates for the USC opening and the search may be completed by the middle of this week, according to sources. USC has made it known to interim coach Ed Orgeron that they value his contribution to the program and would like him to stay with the program in some capacity. Franklin led Vanderbilt to an 8-4 season after a 9-4 record last year, going 9-7 in SEC play over the two seasons. Franklin, 41, is known as a charismatic leader and excellent recruiter. ... Petersen, 49, has led Boise State to a 92-12 record and five conference titles in eight years. He is a native Californian with experience recruiting the Los Angeles area.

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December 2, 2013  07:39 AM ET

Franklin would be the better choice. Petersen is good, very good, but I think Franklin has more experience playing bigger games (game in/game out in a power conference). Petersen has played in a few big games and won them, but not week after week after week.

December 2, 2013  07:52 AM ET

If USC gets Petersen, that'd be a real coup.

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December 2, 2013  08:38 AM ET

I hope there are several HC movements around, maybe that'll open up the door to some more good OC's that Boom can choose from.

December 2, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I hope there are several HC movements around, maybe that'll open up the door to some more good OC's that Boom can choose from.

LK will be UFs OC :)

December 2, 2013  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I hope there are several HC movements around, maybe that'll open up the door to some more good OC's that Boom can choose from.

Catching Fire was awesome..

That one guy was spot on with his analysis

December 2, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Petersen may be a native Californian, but he's not a SoCal native.

December 2, 2013  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Catching Fire was awesome..That one guy was spot on with his analysis

You just like JLs cha chas.....

December 2, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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You just like JLs cha chas.....

well... yeah... thats a given lol

December 2, 2013  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You just like JLs cha chas.....

Extremely well played, sir, and yes they are enjoyable.

December 2, 2013  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

LK will be UFs OC :)

May your good hair turn bad for Christmas this year.

December 2, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Either of these two guys blow your skirt up Trojan fans?

December 2, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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Either of these two guys blow your skirt up Trojan fans?

All things being equal.. I'd lean toward Franklin.

December 2, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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All things being equal.. I'd lean toward Franklin.

+1....not that I'm a U$C guy

The stage wouldn't be too big for Franklin. He's good at recruiting and motovating players. IMHO, he'd do a hell of a job at U$C

December 2, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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If USC gets Petersen, that'd be a real coup.

They won't, he likes it where he is. I almost called your game right, it was a lot closer than you guys were giving credit.

December 2, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Of those two, Vandy will be looking for a new one.

December 2, 2013  09:40 AM ET

I hear if they don't get these guys, then Coach O is in.

December 2, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Be careful what you wish for in Franklin.....likes to run his mouth, just as did your former coach, Kiffin.....glad to see you passed on coach O

December 2, 2013  10:04 AM ET

NO doubt Franklin is a good coach if you can tolerate his mouth....kind of like your former coach, LK....Glad to see you didn't hire coach O....

 
December 2, 2013  10:20 AM ET

I can't see the computer screen right now, all I can see is the opening scene of Land of the Lost where they all go over the waterfall screaming.

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