USC wide receiver Jalen Greene announced today he will transfer to Illinois. Greene will play wide receiver. I was hoping he might be going somewhere to give quarterback another try because I think he was talented enough to start at some schools. Greene will be eligible immediately. Continue reading Jalen Greene Transfers To Illinois
USC tailback Ronald Jones will stage a second Pro Day next month when his hamstring is presumably healthy. But it was clear Wednesday that he needs to show NFL teams he can catch passes out of the backfield. Jones dropped two passes Wednesday for whatever reasons (hamstring, rain). But he caught only 32 passes in three seasons. Did USC properly prepare him for the NFL? … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz
New York Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates was at USC Pro Day. That should be reason enough for Sam Darnold to want to play elsewhere. Remember, Bates was USC’s offensive coordinator in 2009, which was not a pleasurable experience for USC fans. I nicknamed him “Mr. Coffee” because he demanded several cups of coffee in the locker room before the game and forced USC to … Continue reading Jeremy Bates At Pro Day!
Former USC tailback Reggie Bush did not mince words when asked on the NFL Network what quarterback he prefers in the NFL draft? “I like Josh Rosen over Sam Darnold,” Bush said. Full interview below: “I like Josh Rosen over Sam Darnold.”@reggiebush thinks @josh3rosen is more of the complete package than Sam Darnold. pic.twitter.com/zCFP902rdH — GMFB (@gmfb) March 21, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Continue reading Reggie Bush Likes Josh Rosen Over Sam Darnold
Cornerback Jonathan Lockett, who missed last season following hip surgery, nearly had an interception at today’s practice. Lockett is important because he provides depth at corner and started a few games in 2016. I don’t remember him being any worse than some of the players who started last season. Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson, a former USC assistant, was at USC to watch practice and … Continue reading USC Notes Of The Day
I already have said Clay Helton thinks JT Daniels will start next season. So where does that leave Jack Sears? Will he transfer? I don’t know what Sears would do. But Helton’s said he does not think Sears will leave. So is Helton being overconfident or does he not really care because he thinks Daniels is the Golden Child? Continue reading Transfer Talk
You want to know why I’m critical of USC coach Andy Enfield? The final minute of last night’s loss to Western Kentucky was typical of tight games down the stretch during Enfield’s era. Freshman Jordan Usher, a promising player without a doubt, launched two ill-advised 3-point shots. That was a problem when you have senior point guard Jordan McLaughlin to run the offense (what offense?). … Continue reading Some Familiar Issues Surface In NIT Loss
A crowd of 2,130 showed up at the Galen Center, including Chimezie Metu sitting in the stands instead of the bench. And USC’s season mercifully ended as Western Kentucky won, 79-75 behind forward Justin Johnson’s 23 points. Elijah Stewart had 20 points in his final game at the Galen Center. The game was decided at the free-throw line. Western Kentucky shot 94 percent (16-17) while … Continue reading USC’s NIT Dreams Ends Vs. Western Kentucky
Here are the Browner brothers (Joey, who was a safety and Keith, a linebacker) celebrating a play during the 1982 game at Stanford. USC won, 41-21. Continue reading USC Picture Of The Day
USC QB Sam Darnold will throw Wednesday at Cromwell Field for his Pro Day and there is a 60 percent chance of rain. This will certainly show teams what he looks like in possible inclement weather. Cromwell Field has new artificial turf so his receivers should be OK. It might also be less-than-ideal conditions for the 40-yard dash if Ronald Jones runs after pulling his … Continue reading Sam Darnold May Throw In Rain
USC is a five-point favorite over Western Kentucky tonight in the NIT. Here’s all the latest NCAA Tournament odds from Bovada: 2018 NCAA Championship – Odds to Win Duke 13/4 Villanova 9/2 Gonzaga 7/1 Kentucky 7/1 Michigan 8/1 Kansas 17/2 Purdue 16/1 West Virginia 16/1 Texas Tech 22/1 Clemson 25/1 Nevada 25/1 Texas A&M 25/1 Kansas State 28/1 Florida State 40/1 Loyola Chicago 50/1 Syracuse … Continue reading NCAA Tournament Odds
One of the knocks against Clay Helton last season, even within the athletic dept., was that there was too little discipline inside the football program. So it is interesting that cornerback Jack Jones is missing spring practice to “focus on academics” and is suspended for the UNLV because of a team rules violation. What does that all mean? I’ve been told Jones was not attending … Continue reading Is USC Showing Some Discipline?
USC coach Andy Enfield, former USC interim coach Bob Cantu and Pepperdine coach Lorenzo Romar are all at the Pyramid at Cal State Long Beach watching Chino Hills play St. John Bosco in the Southern California Regional Division I championship game. Continue reading Sightings
USC quarterback Sam Darnold is still the No. 1 QB in NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock’s latest rankings: 1. Sam Darnold, USC 2. Josh Allen, Wyoming 3. Josh Rosen, UCLA 4. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma T-5. Lamar Jackson, Louisville T-5. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State Ronald Jones is the No. 4 tailback and Uchenna Nwosu the No. 5 linebacker. Full position rankings here Continue reading USC Saturday Buzz: Sam Darnold Remains Atop Draft Rankings
USC will let students go to Monday night’s NIT game against Western Kentucky for free. But if a student sends a RSVP and does not show up, you will not be able to get any more complimentary tickets. If they really want students, they need to bribe them. Continue reading USC Offers Students Free NIT Tickets . . . With A Catch
With the Pac-12 in full meltdown, some USC fans will use this as evidence the Trojans deserved to be in the NCAA Tournament. But remember USC went 0-5 against the three teams (Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA) who all got bounced from the NCAA Tournament. How the Trojans lost to Arizona State was particulary galling. The Sun Devils scored the last nine points of the game. … Continue reading Don’t Let USC Off Hook For Pac-12 Mess
See ya, Pac-12! The Pac-12 is officially out of the NCAA Tournament after Arizona’s stunning loss to Buffalo. That means the conference went 0 for 3 in the tournament. This is on the heels of going 1-8 in bowl games. Oh, and USC and Arizona basketball are currently under FBI investigation. But hey, it’s the Conference of Champions. Is there any reason DirecTV would add … Continue reading Pac-12 Disaster Zone
Here is USC taiback Charles White in action against Alabama at the Coliseum in 1977. Continue reading USC Picture Of The Day
A man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road rage shooting death of former USC tailback Joe McKnight was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday. Ronald Gasser, 56, was previously found guilty by a jury of manslaughter. His lawyers said Gasser fired in self-defense when McKnight walked up to his car following a 5-mile confrontation that began on a bridge spanning the Mississippi River in New Orleans … Continue reading Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Joe McKnight Killing
Fox Sports radio host Doug Gottlieb offered a harsh critique of USC forward Chimezie Metu’s decision to skip the NIT. “I’d be embarrassed to be Chimezie Metu.” “The school stood by you when, he was one of the guys I believe, mentioned in the most recent part of the investigation by Yahoo. His name was on a ledger.” “In basketball, we actually care how much … Continue reading Doug Gottlieb On Chimezie Metu
The USC-Arizona game for the Pac-12 tournament championship on Saturday night on Fox Sports 1 was the second-lowest rated and second-least-watched Pac-12 title game since the tournament resumed in 2002. It drew 612,000 viewers, which is less than the West Coast Conference and Atlantic 10 Conference finals. Now for some context: The real culprit is Fox Sports 1. The USC-Arizona game was actually up 58 percent … Continue reading Ready To See The Pac-12 Tournament Final Ratings?
I was surprised USC coach Clay Helton got a five-year extension in February but was told it was for stability by some USC officials, especially with basketball’s uncertainty. But several boosters I talked to also believe that athletic director Lynn Swann could have been ordered to offer the extension: Either by USC president Max Nikias or perhaps one of the billionaire athletic supporters. I’m not … Continue reading Who Makes The Big Decisions?
USC forward Chimezie Metu is not going to play in tonight’s NIT first-round game against North Carolina-Asheville, according to a member of the basketball program. I personally find this ridiculous. Metu is not Marvin Bagley. This simply reinforces the image of having a sense of entitlement. He was stripped of his captaincy after delivering a cheap shot to a player earlier this season and suspended … Continue reading Chimezie Metu Will Not Play In NIT Game
Former USC wide receiver Marqise Lee is getting a new year four-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the deal is worth a maximum $38 million with $18 million guaranteed. Continue reading Marqise Lee Signs New Deal In Jacksonville
It is completely understandable for USC to be shocked and disappointed for not making the NCAA Tournament. But I’m not sure where this attitude emerged that some players might be too good to play in the tournament or risk their draft status. Who are we talking about? Chimezie Metu? He is currently projected as a second-round pick. If he did not play tonight, NBA teams … Continue reading USC’s Strange View Of NIT
Since I mentioned Gus Williams earlier today, a member of the 1973 USC basketball team, let’s once again appreciate him, including a rare color photo from his college career. You can make a case that Williams (1972-75) was the most successful player in USC history. An All-American in 1975 (which by itself puts him above many better-known players), Williams then enjoyed a stellar pro career, … Continue reading USC Picture Of The Day
A day after USC was not selected for the NCAA Tournament, Andy Enfield was in rare form Monday. He said it was not his decision whether USC accepted an NIT bid but USC’s administration that decided. He also did not make any players available to the media. Enfield also said it would be up to the players who might be draft picks to decide whether … Continue reading Andy Enfield Is Still Bitter
ESPN2 will have Dave Pasch and Bill Walton at the Galen Center on Tuesday for the USC-North Carolina-Asheville game. There might be about 8,000 less fans than were at the Galen Center for Walton’s last visit, the USC-UCLA game. Continue reading Bill Walton Back At The Galen Center
I was watching the 1980 USC-Arizona State game and could not help but notice the Trojan player lounging on the sideline at the top of the photo. It’s a great illustration of how less crowded the sidelines were in those days. And don’t be too hard on the player. Remember, last season, USC players were taking selfies on the sideline at the Colorado game in … Continue reading USC Picture Of The Day
For several years, I have complained that USC coach Andy Enfield refuses to upgrade the Trojans’ schedule. It played a critical role in the selection committee’s decision to deny USC an NCAA Tournament bid. USC was 0-5 against the Pac-12 teams who made the NCAA Tournament. It also lost to Texas A&M and Oklahoma, who made the Tournament. It’s only victories vs. NCAA Tournament teams … Continue reading Blame Andy Enfield’s Stubborness For NCAA Woes
USC coach Clay Helton has hired Joe DeForest, who was special teams coach at Kansas last season. DeForest was the defensive coordinator at West Virginia in 2012 and then coached special teams from 2013-15. Since USC already has 10 assistant coaches, it will probably give DeForest some type of title like special teams quality control assistant. Maybe this hire will help last season’s dreadful special … Continue reading Former Kansas/West Virginia Assistant Joe DeForest Joins Staff
USC is a No. 1 seed in the NIT and will host UNC-Asheville (21-12), winners of the Big South Conference. Yeah, that game ought to draw a great crowd. How many concession stands will be closed for that game? Hey, it might work out if USC wins the NIT. Or not. The game is Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at the Galen Center and will … Continue reading USC Will Host UNC-Asheville In NIT
Jerry Palm was right! USC does not make the NCAA Tournament. UCLA and Arizona State did. I thought being second in the Pac-12 and Pac-12 Tournament would be enough. But the other truth is USC did not have quality victories. And the Pac-12 was not considered that tough, so being No. 2 is apparently not an accomplishment. What a comedown for a team ranked No. … Continue reading USC Does Not Make NCAA Tournament
The highlight of the Pac-12 Tournament was after the USC-Arizona game, when commissioner Larry Scott was roundly booed by the crowd. Most of the fans were from Arizona but I suspect fans of most Pac-12 schools would be happy to boo Scott. Especially the ones who are DirecTV subscribers. I thought last night USC was in the NCAA Tournament. But CBS Sports tournament guru Jerry … Continue reading Sunday Buzz: Larry Scott Booed, Is USC In Bubble Trouble?
USC lost to Arizona, 75-61, in the Pac-12 championship game. USC was outrebounded 42-19. Arizona’s Deandre Ayton had 32 points and 18 rebounds for the Wildcats. Nick Rakocevic led USC with 13 points and made 6-7 shots. But . . . he did not attempt a shot or free throw in the second half. So USC will return to Los Angeles and await its fate … Continue reading USC Loses To Arizona, Now Waits For NCAA Berth
Doug MacKenzie was a fullback who played at USC from 1979-81. That means he was a fullback who blocked for two Heisman Trophy winners (Charles White, Marcus Allen). In the above picture, he is blocking for Allen in the 1980 USC-Arizona State game. MacKenzie died on Feb. 24. He had suffered a stroke in 2016. He was 59. In 1980, he rushed for 127 yards … Continue reading Former USC Fullback Doug MacKenzie Passes Away
Matt Fink threw two interceptions and nearly had a third pass picked off during USC’s third practice. Jack Sears did not practice because he was a groomsmen in Andrew Voorhes’ wedding. So here’s the first week interception tally: Matt Fink: 3 Jack Sears: 1 JT Daniels: 0 Daniels is not practicing obviously. But I list him because I can tell you Clay Helton expects him … Continue reading Spring Practice Watch
USC routed Oregon, 74-54, as Jonah Mathews scored 27 points and the Trojans advanced to the championship game of the Pac-12 Tournament for the first time since 2009. USC coach Andy Enfield: “Well, it’s really amazing what our players have done and our coaching staff to stay together. Without De’Anthony Melton, who will be a high draft pick in the NBA Draft, not playing a … Continue reading USC Reaches Pac-12 Finals Vs. Arizona
Colin Cowherd thinks the Seahawks are unraveling like USC did under Pete Carroll. But did USC unravel? They lost more games his final season but did they unravel? Here’s Cowherd below: Pete Carroll and the Seahawks are unraveling just like Pete Carroll and USC. —@ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/R9fUV80q5Z — FOX Sports (@FOXSports) March 9, 2018 Continue reading Is Pete Carroll’s Seahawk Tenure Similar To USC?
I wrote about defensive end Connor Murphy yesterday and how he has made little impact his first two seasons. Remember, this is the recruit Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh spent the night at his house on his recruiting home visit. Well, now Murphy is moving to defensive tackle. Why? Obviously, his speed to play on the edge is an issue and he will bulk up to … Continue reading A Slight Position Change
Jack Sears threw an interception at today’s practice as Cameron Smith tipped a pass and Marvell Tell intercepted it. Matt Fink threw an interception on a deep pass for Michael Pittman that Ajene Harris intercepted. Continue reading USC Interception Watch
USC is a 6.5-point favorite over Oregon State. More importantly, CBS analyst Jerry Palm has USC as the final team making his NCAA Tournament field. That is really being on the bubble. Continue reading USC Bubble Watch
USC’s defensive line must replance Rasheem Green and Josh Fatu. But defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu, who should replace Fatu, will miss spring as he recovers from the back injury incurred during the season. Some players have not developed despite being in the program for two years. Whatever happened to highly touted defensive end Connor Murphy? He was a four-star player ranked among the nation’s top 200 … Continue reading What Is The State Of The Defensive Line?
Tim Drevno, an offensive line coach, coaches running backs. Tee Martin, a former quarterback, coaches wide receivers. Johnny Nansen, a former quarterback, coaches linebackers. See a pattern? Keary Colbert, a former wide receiver, coaches tight ends. But it does make sense is some areas: Bryan Ellis played quarterback. Kenechi Udeze was a defensive lineman. Ronnie Bradford was a defensive back. And Clancy Pendergast? He did … Continue reading Philosophy 101
You might have heard that Cal State Northridge fired basketball coach Reggie Theus and athletic director Brandon Martin today. Martin is a former USC basketball player, so there is a USC connection, as usual. It’s not every day a coach and athletic director get fired on the same day. But I spoke to a Big West coach today with close ties to CSUN, and he … Continue reading Crazy Item Of The Day
USC coach Clay Helton said he would not pick a starting quarterback during spring drills. Kind of hard when your starter isn’t even at USC right now. Helton also said neither Matt Fink nor Jack Sears had an advantage at this time. Now that’s more interesting because with all the time Fink had last season in practice gettting real reps while Sears was on the … Continue reading The Most Obvious Spring Practice Observation
USC tailback Ronald Jones and wide receiver Deontay Burnett did not run the 40 or participate in the morning athletic testing on Cromwell Field. Jones injured his hamstring at the NFL Combine. Jones might participate later this morning. Defensive tackle Josh Fatu had 29 reps on the benchpress, which would have been a top 10 mark at the NFL Combine. Sam Darnold is warming up … Continue reading Ronald Jones Does Not Run 40 At Pro Day