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Four Trojans Make Pac-12 Preseason First Team

And now the moment you waited for all summer: the Pac-12 preseason team! 2021 PRESEASON ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM   First Team Offense     Second Team Offense QB Kedon Slovis, USC   QB Jayden Daniels, Arizona State RB Jarek Broussard, Colorado   RB CJ Verdell, Oregon RB Max Borghi, Washington State   RB Rachaad White, Arizona State WR Drake London, USC   WR Johnny Johnson … Continue reading Four Trojans Make Pac-12 Preseason First Team

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USC Picked To Win Pac-12 South; Lose To Oregon

The 2021 Pac-12 football season will be remarkably like 2020, if you believe the media poll. Oregon was picked to win the North. USC to win the South. And the Ducks were picked with a USC-Oregon by 27 voters. USC was picked by 10 voters. Three voters picked Utah to win the Pac-12 title game. North Division   South Division   School Points School Points … Continue reading USC Picked To Win Pac-12 South; Lose To Oregon

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Todd McNair, NCAA Settle Lawsuit

Former USC assistant coach Todd McNair has settled his defamation lawsuit with the NCAA, according to ESPN. The settlement was reached through mediation. Financial terms were not announced. “After ten years of litigation, both sides have come together to resolve this matter to the mutual satisfaction of all parties involved,” attorneys for McNair and the NCAA said in a joint statement on Monday. I’m just … Continue reading Todd McNair, NCAA Settle Lawsuit

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USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of Week

WINNERS Kedon Slovis He signed an NIL deal with Klutch Sports. Now all he needs is an offensive line. Nick Saban He destroyed Clay Helton without meaning to with this answer last week at SEC media day regarding logevity: “That’s simple, you have to win. What does it take to win? That answers the question better than anything. You have to have culture.” George Kliavkoff … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of Week

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The Pocket QB Commits Transfers To UNLV

I always had Tate Martell labeled as a bust in high school and nothing that happened since changed as he flamed out at Ohio State and Miami. This is after he committed to three colleges in high school. But Martell, who is only 5-11 (Pocket QB), is now transferring to UNLV. It makes sense because he is from Las Vegas. And it’s more his level … Continue reading The Pocket QB Commits Transfers To UNLV

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USC Sunday Buzz: Remembering Another L.A. Landmark

On Friday, I ran a page of the Yankees-USC game program from 1951. Here is an ad that ran in the four-page program: Remember the Angels played at Wrigley Field, which was about two miles from USC on 42nd Place. The Hollywood Stars played at Gilmore Field, which was near Farmers Market and is where the current CBS Television City is located. Popular sportscaster Sam … Continue reading USC Sunday Buzz: Remembering Another L.A. Landmark

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USC-Notre Dame Rivalry Reveals Something

USC has not beaten Notre Dame since 2016. That’s the kind of thing I think about when looking at the football program today. It’s also what I think about when Mike Bohn or Brandon Sosna try to brag on twitter about football. The Clay Helton era has been a disaster for things like the USC-Notre Dame rivalry. Helton is 1-3 and avoided a loss last … Continue reading USC-Notre Dame Rivalry Reveals Something

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Saturday Buzz: Or USC Could Just Join The Big Ten

The great thing about conference realignment is you can write just about anything and it cannot be denied. Here is an Ohio State site (BuckeyeScoop.com) saying that USC, UCLA, Oregon and Colorado want to join the Big Ten. The schedule challenges the four would face would be daunting. Along with executing a departure from the Pac-12. Oh, and getting Carol Folt to approve it. But … Continue reading Saturday Buzz: Or USC Could Just Join The Big Ten

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If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column, Part II

Did you see former USC trustee Tom Barrack posted a $250 million bond today at his court hearing? That doesn’t happen at every university. The way USC doesn’t really play any one in non-conference games outside of Notre Dame make me feel some nostalgia with this USC-Alabama photo from 1977. This was the same season USC also played Texas A&M. Here is the Yankees’ roster … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column, Part II

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If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

Today’s column will be in part in two parts: The history part will come later. I view Kedon Slovis signing an NIL deal with Klutch Sports (of LeBron James fame) as a riskier move for the company than others probably do. I don’t think Slovis is a slam-dunk NFL star QB and there are a lot of questions to be answered athletically. Not to mention … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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USC Selling Recent Graduates Seats At Student-Section Prices

USC announced it will sell tickets “near the student section” to recent graduates from the Class of 2020 and 2021 for the same prices as student-section tickets ($200). If I were a recent graduate, I would like this idea. It also reveals, to be fair, the desperation facing the athletic dept. in generating enthusiasm for a football team that does not excite its fan base, … Continue reading USC Selling Recent Graduates Seats At Student-Section Prices

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USC Notes: Texas, Oklahoma To SEC?

Oklahoma and Texas are reportedly interested in joining the SEC. This opens up a lot of possibilities. Will the Pac-12 get involved? Texas is believed to be interested in a lot of options, including going independent? Kedon Slovis and Drake London will represent USC at Pac-12 Media Day on Tuesday. Here’s the full list: 2021 Pac-12 Football Media Day – Attendees & Participants  School Head … Continue reading USC Notes: Texas, Oklahoma To SEC?

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USC Morning Buzz: Can Change Really Happen?

First off, you will get a better picture of the madness that exists within USC football if you read this. Meanwhile, the silence from USC regarding the arrest/indictment of trustee Thomas Barrack is deafening. Not a single comment yet from Rick Caruso, Carol Folt or the university. Here’s Barrack talking at USC (with actor Rob Lowe, of course) about the Middle East and getting his … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Can Change Really Happen?

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USC Is Not Center Of NIL Universe?

There is a segment of USC fans, not to mention a perception created by the athletic dept., that no one is more cutting edge than USC when it comes to NIL, endorsements and social media. But look what Nick Saban said today about his new QB, Bryce Young. “Our QB has already approached ungodly numbers, and he hasn’t even played yet. If I told you … Continue reading USC Is Not Center Of NIL Universe?

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USC Trustee Arrested, Indicted

Thomas Barrack, a member of the USC Board of Trustees, was arrested Tuesday and charged that he unlawfully influenced the foreign policy positions of the Trump campaign and administration to advance the interests of the United Arab Emirates, the Justice Department said. The indictment also charged Barrack with obstruction of justice and making multiple false statements during a June 20, 2019, interview with federal law … Continue reading USC Trustee Arrested, Indicted

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USC Morning Buzz: An Image From Hell

This video below is the USC created under Mike Bohn today. Image. Hype. Talk. Fooling. Preening. Perception. Superficial. Hollywood. All geared to recruits or people under 20. What never gets emphasized? Winning. Performing. Developing. Improving as a group. Coaching. Comradery. Respect. Common purpose. Leadership. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚒𝚜 𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚍.#BLVDBound🌴 pic.twitter.com/u6cjZdbq8p — USC Football (@USC_FB) July 18, 2021 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: An Image From Hell

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Buyer Of Presidential Estate Revealed

Now it can be revealed: USC sold the Seeley Mudd presidential estate in San Marino to investor/philanthropist Tianqiao Chen, according to the L.A. Times. Chen, who is originally from Shanghai, bought the estate for $25 million, which was $500,000 more than USC asked. Chen donated $115 million to Caltech for neuroscience research. In 2018, he paid $39 million for a historic mansion built for Alice … Continue reading Buyer Of Presidential Estate Revealed

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USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of The Week

WINNERS Malachi Nelson Can you really argue with a blue-chip QB picking Oklahoma over USC? Or compare the state of the USC and Oklahoma programs? Oregon Another week, another top offensive lineman. This is what happens when you allow Clay Helton to hold the program hostage. Three-star offensive linemen They are the sweet spot of USC recruiting. Drake Jackson Defensive end made watch list for … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of The Week

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Sunday Buzz: Oregon Snags Another USC Target

Dave Iuli, a four-star offensive guard from Puyallup, Wash., committed to Oregon on Saturday. He was a big USC target and also considered Oklahoma and Washington. Iuli (6-5, 330) is the first four-or-five star prospect from Washington to commit to Oregon since 2005. More importantly, Oregon keeps building its offensive line with big, highly regarded prospects. It also has linemen from Texas, Mississippi, California and … Continue reading Sunday Buzz: Oregon Snags Another USC Target

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An Offensive Line Trend Continues

USC has offered a scholarship to offensive lineman Sam Yoon of Loyola. Yoon is a three-star prospect per 247Sports. He has not been awarded any stars yet by Rivals. USC, UCLA, Cal and Oregon State are among the schools that offered Yoon. Now offers are ultimately meaningless and do not matter. But . . . after USC brought in a number of elite offensive linemen … Continue reading An Offensive Line Trend Continues

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Radio, Radio

Here’s a typical no-holds barred interview I did with Phoenix station SportsZone 1060-AM on USC and what to expect-or-not-expect this season. Is USC Football expected to be the top of the Pac 12 South? @InsideUSC joined Bob Kemp discussing the Trojans and the Pac 12. https://t.co/iPhLXx32jT#Pac12FB #USC — KDUSAM1060 (@KDUSAM1060) July 17, 2021 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Continue reading Radio, Radio

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Warning: Matt Leinart Talking Again

I don’t really listen to Matt Leinart on football, especially USC, because he won’t criticize coaches because he doesn’t want to lose his special status/access at the McKay Center and Heritage Hall. When he goes off topic, I listen even less. But he can’t stop talking about COVID-19. Unbelievable. LA county’s latest mask mandate goes beyond current CDC and state of CA guidance even though … Continue reading Warning: Matt Leinart Talking Again

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USC Morning Buzz: Season-Ticket Holder Makes Tough/Easy Choice

I spoke to another long-time season-ticket holder Wednesday who told me that he was going to attend the LSU-UCLA game on Sept. 4 at the Rose Bowl instead of the USC-San Jose State game. “I’d rather see LSU,” the booster told me. “USC will be there the following week and I’m not sure I’ll go that time either, but I’m sure I’m not going to … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Season-Ticket Holder Makes Tough/Easy Choice

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Reggie Bush To Participate In Documentary

Former USC tailback Reggie Bush has agreed to participate in a documentary directed by Kirk Fraser, who directed ESPN’s “30 for 30: Without Bias.” It will be made by Believe Entertainment Group, the studio behind the Oscar-winning “Dear Basketball.” If Bush is cooperating, that means the documentary will probably be favorable to the former Heisman Trophy winner. It will be interesting to see how balanced … Continue reading Reggie Bush To Participate In Documentary

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USC Morning Buzz: A Picture Worth 1,000 Words

I always like hostage photos. This picture of USC “head coaches and senior staff” seems to be missing someone, but I can’t figure out who. It also seems like former Cincinnati people are the biggest bloc represented. Don’t think that’s not noticed within the athletic dept. Note Andy Enfield in the middle, no doubt stewing over the lack of a contract extension, and not next … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: A Picture Worth 1,000 Words

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USC Selling Another Historic House

USC wants to sell the historic Freeman House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It wants $4.25 million for the Hollywood Hills house, which is a 2,884-square-foot property, that features walls made of textile blocks,. The house was valued at $687,000, according to PropertyShark. In 2019, it emerged USC allowed the house to fall into disrepair and valuable items were stolen but not reported missing for … Continue reading USC Selling Another Historic House

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USC Morning Buzz: Insiders Try To Read Clay Helton’s Future

A USC administrator told me yesterday that one reason the athletic dept. hired an “interim” equipment manager for 2021 could be in case a new football coach wanted his own person in a year. “But I wouldn’t read too much into that,” the administrator said. “They offered the job to about 10 guys who turned it down so they wanted a full-time guy but they … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Insiders Try To Read Clay Helton’s Future

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USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of The Week

WINNERS Isaiah Mobley He gets to be the center piece of USC basketball next season despite averaging only 9.9 points per game last season. Arizona It sounds like the Wildcats are the leader for tight end Keyan Burnett, who decommitted from USC last week. USC losing a prized recruit to Jedd The Fisch? Or even worse, assistant coach Brennan Carroll. That’s criminal. Marcelo Mayer The … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of The Week

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If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

This week, I spoke to someone close to the USC recruiting staff. “They think they are killing it in recruiting,” the source said. So imagine his shock to see USC took a three-star offensive lineman that was projected to go to Oregon State? “It’s unbelievable,” he said. Former USC quarterback JT Daniels has signed a deal with marketing agency ESM. USC swimmers Marlene Kahler (Austria) … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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Morning Buzz: USC Playing Chess Or Checkers?

One trick Clay Helton has pulled the past 5-6 years is getting early commitments and then dropping the recruit later. It creates early buzz and also acts as an insurance policy if better players don’t want to commit later. I’m not saying he is doing that now but whenever I see three stars commit, I feel like that is in that back of USC’s mind. … Continue reading Morning Buzz: USC Playing Chess Or Checkers?

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Does USC Need Another Receiver From Texas?

Jake Smith, a wide receiver who played at Texas the past two seasons, is transferring to USC. Smith had 568 yards receiving and nine touchdowns the past two years. He might a good pickup. Smith started six games last season but missed three with a hamstring injury. But receivers tend to be a dime a dozen and wouldn’t it better to get an offensive lineman … Continue reading Does USC Need Another Receiver From Texas?

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USC Morning Buzz: Recruiting Giveth And Taketh

In the USC newsletter, some positions are proving elusive for USC in recruiting. And it’s time to revisit a memorable comment from a USC practice. Former USC linebacker Palaie Gaoteote has been seen in photos with other Ohio State linebackers but his transfer has still not been announced. Phil and Penny Knight have made a second $500 million gift to the University of Oregon’s new … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Recruiting Giveth And Taketh

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More Reggie Bush Revisionism

I can’t figure out the point of this statement. Is it OK to “break a rule” but not “cheat.”? How many hundreds of cases investigated by the NCAA did not give an athlete a competitive advantage? Marv Goux sold player tickets to help the players. He broke the rules. Did he cheat? Did the players run faster? Reggie Bush broke the rules and knew he … Continue reading More Reggie Bush Revisionism

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USC Morning Buzz: Winners and Losers Of The Week

WINNERS Oregon The Ducks got a commitment from 5-star offensive tackle Kelvin Banks of Houston. He is the No. 2-ranked OT in the nation per Rivals. I thought USC was focused on Texas recruiting? More seriously, the Ducks are stockpiling quality offensive linemen and becoming Lineman U. Imagine the reaction from some in the media if Banks had committed to USC? Devin Brown The USC … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Winners and Losers Of The Week