first_imgA closeup of Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury.ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the field before the game against the Baylor Bears on November 25, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Over the weekend, Texas Tech moved on from head coach Kliff Kingsbury after six seasons. Immediately after his firing, Kingsbury’s name popped for numerous NFL assistant jobs and potential offensive coordinator jobs at the collegiate level.Earlier this week, reports linked Kingsbury to the offensive coordinator vacancy at USC after the Trojans fired OC Tee Martin following the season. Kingsbury reportedly flew to Los Angeles to meet with USC brass about the opening.It’s now being reported that USC is the “front-runner” to land the services of the former Texas Tech head coach.Gil Brandt reported the news.The college phones seem to be working as well. Was told by college HC that USC is now the clear front-runner for Kingsbury. As these things tend to go, stay tuned. But for now, USC in drivers seat with OC opening.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) November 28, 2018USC finished near the bottom in most offensive statistics this season. The Trojans finished 84th in the nation in yards per game and 92nd in points per game in 2018.With freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels under center, the Trojans struggled through the air, but the run game also finished near the bottom with just 133 yards per contest.The potential addition of Kingsbury to the coaching staff could do wonders for the development of Daniels.Stay tuned.last_img read more

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2016 8:05 am MDT Last Updated May 2, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. construction spending advanced in March to its highest level in more than eight years. Gains in home building and nonresidential construction offset a drop in government projects.Construction spending rose 0.3 per cent in March after a 1 per cent gain in February, the Commerce Department said Monday. The back-to-back increases raised total spending to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.14 trillion, the highest level since October 2007.The February increase represented an upward revision by the government from its initial estimate that spending had fallen 0.5 per cent that month. But the estimate for January was revised down by the government to show a drop of 0.3 per cent, from a previously reported increase of 2.1 per cent.The report showed that “the housing market remained robust” through the first quarter of the year, said Jesse Hurwitz, an economist at Barclays Research.Last year, home construction was a bright spot for the U.S. economy, and that support is expected to continue through 2016.Residential construction grew at a 14.8 per cent annual pace in the first three months of the year. It was one of the few sources of strength in a quarter in which the economy grew at an annual rate of just 0.5 per cent — the slowest pace in two years.Hurwitz said Barclays thinks the government will revise up its estimate of the economy’s growth last quarter to a 0.7 per cent annual rate, from its initial 0.5 per cent estimate, based on economic data released in recent days. The government will issue its revised estimate on May 27.In March, home construction increased at a 1.6 per cent annual rate, while nonresidential construction increased 0.7 per cent. Spending on government projects dropped 1.9 per cent, with both state and local and federal spending falling.Single-family construction was flat in March. But multi-family activity, a more volatile sector, jumped 5.6 per cent.The 0.7 per cent rise in nonresidential activity lifted this sector to its highest level since October 2008. In March, spending on hotel and motel construction rose 1.6 per cent, while the category that covers shopping centres posted a 0.8 per cent gain and spending on hospitals and other health care facilities rose 1.4 per cent. Construction of office buildings fell 0.8 per cent in March.In the government category, spending on state and local projects dropped 1.4 per cent. Spending in the smaller federal government category fell 7.4 per cent.The home construction boom peaked in 2006. But after the housing bubble burst, construction activity fell for the next five years. Construction spending has been rising since 2012. US construction spending up 0.3 pct., led by home building In this Monday, April 11, 2016, photo, construction workers work on a building in Miami Beach, Fla. On Monday, May 2, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in March. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) read more