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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Considered Transferring To USC

Alabama’s freshman phenom QB, Tua Tagovailoa, who led the Crimson Tide to the national title game, said he considered transferring to USC: “I called my dad and asked him if my offer to the University of Southern California was still available. “I wanted to leave. I told my dad I wanted to go to a school where I thought it’d be easier for me and wouldn’t challenge me … Continue reading Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Considered Transferring To USC

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When Did USC Take A Backseat To Duke?

USC coach Clay Helton made $2.6 million in 2016. Duke coach David Cutcliffe made $2.54 million. Duke women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie made $1.35 million. When USC fired women’s basketball coach Cynthia Cooper, it reportedly offered less than $400,000 to her replacements. There was a time when USC was the gold standard for paying coaches. Pete Carroll made $4.4 million in 2006. Monte Kiffin made … Continue reading When Did USC Take A Backseat To Duke?

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Will Andy Enfield Improve USC’s Schedule?

So USC has a commitment from five-star Onyeka Okongwu and is expected to get the Mobley brothers now that their father (Eric Mobley) is an assistant coach. Will that convince Andy Enfield to start improving the nonconference schedule? Don’t bet on it. But it’s not hard. Utah just agreed to a two-year series with Kentucky. One game will be at Rupp Arena and  the other in … Continue reading Will Andy Enfield Improve USC’s Schedule?

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Todd McNair Jury Is Currently Deadlocked

The jury at Todd McNair’s trial told the judge they are deadlocked, 8-4. You need 9 votes to reach a verdict. The jury did not say which way it was leaning. The judge asked them to resume deliberations tomorrow. “I got the impression there was more than general disagreement,” Judge Frederick Shaller said. “I would like to give it the best shot possible.” How will … Continue reading Todd McNair Jury Is Currently Deadlocked

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USC Morning Buzz: Tuesday Notes

Former USC baseball coach/player Mike Gillespie makes his final appearance at Dedeaux Field when UC Irvine plays the Trojans tonight. Gillespie is 16-5 vs. USC since taking the Irvine job after being fired by Mike Garrett in 2006. Gillespie won an NCAA title at USC in 1998 and also won a title as a player in 1961 for the Trojans. He is one of only … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Tuesday Notes

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Jalen Greene Now Going To Utah State

Former USC wide receiver Jalen Greene announced last month he would transfer to Illinois. But he will instead transfer to Utah State, according to 247Sports. This move made more sense when I first heard it but mainly because I thought Greene might play quarterback at Utah State. However, he is still expected to be a wide receiver. The biggest thing, of course, is getting on … Continue reading Jalen Greene Now Going To Utah State

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The Wizard Of Water Polo

USC water polo coach Jovan Vavic won his 15th NCAA title Sunday. He has nine men’s titles and six women’s titles. It’s an impressive accomplishment. But let’s also put some perspective on it especially when you can be a great coach in another sport and rarely or never win a national title. There are only 22 colleges in the country that play Division I men’s … Continue reading The Wizard Of Water Polo

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Five-Star Forward Onyeka Okongwu Commits To USC

Chino Hills forward Onyeka Okongwu, who is ranked the 18th-best player in the nation by Rivals for the Class of 2019, announced today he committed to USC. He also considered UCLA and Kansas. I mentioned last week USC thought it would land Okongwu. USC is ranked No. 5 in recruiting by Rivals with only Okongwu’s commitment. The 6-foot-9 forward plays for the Compton Magic club basketball … Continue reading Five-Star Forward Onyeka Okongwu Commits To USC

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Some Scholarship Offers More Equal Than Others

One thing I’m really tired of hearing every day is how “blessed” a recruit is to be offered a scholarship by a university. It makes me wonder what would happen if all these players actually committed right now? USC offered 155 recruits for its Class of 2018. That’s 155 offers for around 25 scholarships. UConn coach Randy Edsall recently noted some recruits get offered a … Continue reading Some Scholarship Offers More Equal Than Others

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USC Following Its Own Path In Recruiting

Cornerback Trey Davis of Federal Way, Wash., is expected to commit to USC tomorrow. Here is the interesting part: His other offers are from Portland State and Sacramento State. Maybe USC saw Davis before other Division I schools and is getting a hidden gem. There is no rule that a player needs four stars to be recruited. But to repeat what I said this morning, … Continue reading USC Following Its Own Path In Recruiting

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USC Morning Buzz: The Downside Of Taking A Three-Star Recruit

When linebacker Stanley Taufoou of Grace Brethren committed yesterday, it led to some fan criticism because he is a three-star prospect. Recruiting rankings can often be proven wrong. See Ricky Town (overrated) or Russell Wilson (underrated) for that. But here is the problem that has nothing to do with whether people should be worried about USC taking three-star recruits: It’s not a bad thing unless … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: The Downside Of Taking A Three-Star Recruit

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USC Morning Buzz: Wednesday Notes

  USC forward Chimezie Metu worked out with the Lakers this morning. Fortunately, Metu is completely healthy for the workout after sitting out the NIT, which was nearly two months ago. By the way, a source with the basketball program tells me USC it is confident it will land forward Onyeka Okongwu of Chino Hills, who is ranked the No. 19 player in the nation … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Wednesday Notes

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What Is On Lynn Swann’s Mind?

For some fans, the only way to know what USC athletic director Lynn Swann thinks comes from the “State of Troy” interview on the USC website. “Each month, we sit down with USC athletic director Lynn Swann to get his take on the hot topics around Heritage Hall,” the articles state. Well, Swann hasn’t done a State of Troy interview since January. He hasn’t addressed … Continue reading What Is On Lynn Swann’s Mind?

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Long-Time USC Trainer Jack Ward Dies

Long-time USC athletic trainer Jack Ward, who was head trainer for 39 years (1959-1997), died on May 6. He was 89. He was inducted into USC’s Hall of Fame in 1999 and served as trainer emeritus from 1998-2003. Ward worked with seven USC head football coaches, six national championship football teams and 10 College World Series-winning baseball teams. He is survived by his wife, Linda. Continue reading Long-Time USC Trainer Jack Ward Dies

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USC Morning Buzz: Tuesday Notes

Ranking teams can be tricky enough but Athlon is ranking every quarterback in the nation. USC must have been one of the hardest since JT Daniels is expected to start without enrolling at USC until next month. Daniels is ranked No. 67 out of 130. That’s called taking the middle road. And frankly, how can anyone really rank Daniels right now? It’s all guesswork. Here’s … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Tuesday Notes

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Pete Carroll Leaving For NFL Followup

Someone on twitter tried to say that when Jim Harbaugh said Pete Carroll would be leaving after the season, it confirmed Todd McNair’s testimony last week. “He’s only got one more year, though. He’ll be there one more year,” Harbaugh said. “That’s what I’ve heard. I heard it inside the staff.” Only one problem: Harbaugh said that in 2007. McNair said Carroll made his exit … Continue reading Pete Carroll Leaving For NFL Followup

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USC Morning Buzz: Monday Notes

Former USC coach Lane Kiffin is again defending his tenure with the Trojans in an interview with ESPN.com. “Now, I know the facts of USC, when you lose 30 scholarships … going 28-15 with those types of sanctions, people don’t do that,” Kiffin said. “Look at those types of penalties and what usually happens to programs — look at Miami, getting blown out every week. … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Monday Notes

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Did Pete Carroll Plot USC Departure A Year In Advance?

I’m not hanging on every word of the Todd McNair trial because I don’t think a $50 million judgement in his favor will erase the sting of NCAA sanctions. Money for an assistant coach doesn’t do that for me. But I want to address something McNair said on the witness stand last week. McNair said USC coach Pete Carroll planned to leave well before the … Continue reading Did Pete Carroll Plot USC Departure A Year In Advance?

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Sam Darnold Works Out With Jets

This is a really nice throw. Wow. Sam Darnold, followers #Jets pic.twitter.com/a4KM748KF7 — Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) May 4, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Sam Darnold had his first workout with the Jets today. Based on reports, he had a lot of nice passes. There were three botched snaps but that is not unusual working with a new center. Jets coach Todd Bowles joked about Darnold’s performance. “He was … Continue reading Sam Darnold Works Out With Jets

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The JT Daniels Hype Machine In Full Gear

Incoming freshman @jtdaniels06 is doing everything in his power to put himself in USC’s QB competition once he arrives. #FightOn pic.twitter.com/O8F5zix48h — USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) May 3, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js USC has already produced a video with JT Daniels. He is still in high school. And has not graduated. Or been officially reclassified by the NCAA. But USC’s already promoting him. Of course. Will he have … Continue reading The JT Daniels Hype Machine In Full Gear

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USC Morning Buzz: Uniforms Must Be Uniform Next Season

The NCAA is going to enforce some new rules regarding uniforms, which you can see below. Now look at the above photo of USC players against UCLA last season and see how many would be in violation. Most have their knees uncovered. One is wearing a T-shirt below the jersey. Fortunately for USC, the NCAA did not address whether you need to wear tights or … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Uniforms Must Be Uniform Next Season

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USC Might Not Have 2019 First-Round Pick But Does It Matter?

USC had a lot of players decide to return for their senior seasons, whether because of injury (Porter Gustin) or subpar seasons (Iman Marshall, Chuma Edoga) or not being projected where they wanted to be drafted (Cameron Smith, Marvell Tell). Tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe could fall into two categories (injury, subpar season). But in this 2019 mock draft from Bleacher Report, USC does not have anyone … Continue reading USC Might Not Have 2019 First-Round Pick But Does It Matter?

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Clay Helton Predicts Success For Deontay Burnett

USC coach Clay Helton said this morning he was bullish on wide receiver Deontay Burnett’s NFL future despite not getting drafted. “I think the Tennessee Titans really stole a young man,” Helton said. “He’s going to bring great football instinctiveness to the table, as well as great production.” Helton said he could have a similar career to former USC cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who went undrafted … Continue reading Clay Helton Predicts Success For Deontay Burnett

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Sunday Buzz: Don’t Fall Prey To Excuses Regarding USC’s Talent

This will bother some people, but the fact USC did not have any players drafted yesterday does not mean it excused underachievement last season. Example: Center Nico Falah did not get drafted. Response: Then why did he start last year? Toa Lobendahn was the better center. USC could have started someone else at left tackle so Lobendahn could play center. Yes, left tackle is more … Continue reading Sunday Buzz: Don’t Fall Prey To Excuses Regarding USC’s Talent

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Deontay Burnett Is Not Drafted

USC wide receiver Deontay Burnett was not drafted. Is this a surprise? When Burnett turned pro, I was told by sources that Clay Helton told Burnett he would be a late round pick or perhaps undrafted. Burnett weighed this against a feeling Helton would be eager to showcase other receivers like Amon-Ra St. Brown, Michael Pittman and Tyler Vaughns. This is a common feeling among … Continue reading Deontay Burnett Is Not Drafted

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USC Morning Buzz: Four Players Picked In 3 Rounds Means Something . . .

Sam Darnold, Ronald Jones, Uchenna Nwosu and Rasheem Green were drafted in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. They were four of the first 79 players selected. So this buries the whole crowd of people during the season who said how great an accomplishment it was to win the Pac-12 South. And then the Pac-12 title. USC had the most-talented team. Even this … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Four Players Picked In 3 Rounds Means Something . . .

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Ronald Jones To Tampa Bay In Round 2

USC tailback Ronald Jones was the 38th selection, which is not bad after his injury problems during NFL workouts. Jones will no doubt please the Bucs with his work ethic. But, and it’s a big but, he needs to stay healthy. No hamstring or ankle injuries. I’m also curious how he handles the beating NFL backs routinely take and how he will handle catching passes. … Continue reading Ronald Jones To Tampa Bay In Round 2

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NFL Draft Makes Cotton Bowl Even Worse

It’s worth remembering Ohio State dominated USC in the Cotton Bowl without cornerback Denzel Ward, who was the No. 4 pick in the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft. Imagine what USC’s offense would have faced with Ward? And apparently it did not bother the Browns that Ward skipped the Cotton Bowl to protect his draft status. It turns me off, to be honest. So … Continue reading NFL Draft Makes Cotton Bowl Even Worse

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

The New York Jets used the No. 3 pick to take Sam Darnold. Who did the Jets take the last time they drafted a quarterback with a top-three pick? Answer at the bottom. Unlike Josh Rosen, who was upset when he dropped to No. 10, Darnold did not mind dropping from No. 1 to No. 3. He was asked if he had a chip on … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A Notes Column

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Sam Darnold Goes No. 3 To The New York Jets

Sam Darnold slips to No. 3 but who cares? He is going to New York and he will probably start immediately. He dodged the Cleveland Browns and ended up going to the Big Apple and possibly the best situation for him. Big endorsements. He won’t mind the attention or scrutiny in New York. “No, wherever I go there will be pressure,” Darnold said. “I’m just … Continue reading Sam Darnold Goes No. 3 To The New York Jets

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A Bad Take On Sam Darnold/Josh Rosen

I usually disagree with Colin Cowherd. Now I have to read a wrong opinion from fellow Fox radio host Clay Travis: “I’m nervous about Sam Darnold. I watched him play at USC and I didn’t feel like at every time at snap he knew exactly what he was going to do. At snap, Josh Rosen knows exactly what he’s going to do and had total … Continue reading A Bad Take On Sam Darnold/Josh Rosen

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USC Morning Buzz: Sam Darnold Slipping?

It’s NFL Draft day and there is an indication the Cleveland Browns are going to pass on Sam Darnold with the No. 1 pick and take Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield. Read the credible reporting on that here. If I’m Darnold, I would pray the report is true. He would certainly go to the New York Giants or New York Jets in the next two … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Sam Darnold Slipping?