In our next installment of players from the Paul Hackett era, here’s wide receiver Billy Miller going for a pass against Cal cornerback Deltha O’Neal. Continue reading USC Picture Of The Night
Tom Cox, a two-year starter at center for USC in the mid-1980’s, died two weeks ago from complications related to cancer, according to several ex-teammates. Cox lettered and started at USC in 1984-85 and was with the Los Angeles Rams in 1987. He was a member of the USC 1985 Rose Bowl championship team. Cox played at Xenia High School in Ohio. You can hear … Continue reading Former USC Lineman Tom Cox Dies
USC dealt swiftly with Marla Brown yesterday by revoking her season tickets and Trojan Athletic Fund membership. It was interesting, however, how some reports made her out to be a significant booster. You can join the TAF for $200. I don’t know how much Brown gave but my definition of significant is a little different. Wayne Hughes ($400-450 million) is a significant donor. Brian Kennedy … Continue reading What Is A Significant Booster?
Whenever Clay Helton would get criticized, it would not be unusual to find some defender respond with “you wanted Tom Herman and look at how bad he’s been at Texas!” The interesting part of that claim is USC hired defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and safeties coach Craig Naivar, who were fired by Herman, and many fans respond with “USC now has the right coaches to … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Blame Tom Herman For Everything
Here’s what Andy Enfield had to say today: Continue reading Andy Enfield Statement On Protests
Four-star quarterback Miller Moss of Alemany High School committed to USC. Moss joins Jake Garcia as Class of 2021 quarterbacks at USC. So which one transfers when Kedon Slovis leaves and they don’t win the job? Garcia is on his third high school in four years, for what it is worth. Continue reading QB Miller Moss Commits To USC
USC has revoked the season tickets and Trojan Athletic Fund membership of Marla Brown after some tweets suggesting protestors should be shot. Here’s the statement from Mike Bohn: Continue reading USC Revokes Ties To Booster
WINNERS USC rapid response team Carol Folt and Mike Bohn put out statements Sunday — the second for each — in an attempt to stay with current events. This might be a good time for USC to offer partial refunds of spring tuition to needy students. Just a thought. Coaching hires Ex-USC linebackers Chris Claiborne and Hayes Pullard were hired last week — Claiborne for … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of The Week
Mike Bohn sent out a statement tonight for the USC athletes. Here is the message we sent to our student-athletes: We unequivocally and unapologetically denounce all forms of discrimination and racism, and we will always stand in solidarity with Black student-athletes, coaches and staff members in our program and beyond. pic.twitter.com/oPpm1LPo50 — Mike Bohn (@USC_mikebohn) June 1, 2020 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Continue reading Mike Bohn Statement For USC Athletes
Carol Folt just sent out this message to students/alumni: May 31, 2020 Dear Trojan Community, I write today, hoping you and your families are well and safe, yet knowing that many of you are not; your hearts are aching, and you are searching for answers, actions, and hope. The horrific deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others, together with the … Continue reading Carol Folt Issues New Statement
One thing coaches I’ve talked to wonder about for this season is how the defensive secondary duties are being split up. Craig Naivar is the safeties coach and Donte Williams coaches the cornerbacks. “You need to have the entire secondary on the same page,” a Pac-12 coach said. “So it will be interesting to see how that works out. Especially since those guys (Naivar, Williams) … Continue reading USC Sunday Buzz: Secondary Duties Could Be Issue
I started an appreciation of players from the Paul Hackett era yesterday. Here’s another one: wide receiver R. Jay Soward. Soward will always be one of my favorite players at USC. He was funny, unpredictable, interesting and could make an an explosive play at any moment. Continue reading USC Pictures Of The Night
USC president Carol Folt has issued a statement on the national protests and so have some high-profile coaches/players nationally: I know the horrific event of George Floyd’s death is hurting our students and community. As Trojans, we must redouble our efforts to build a truly just and welcoming community. And our hearts and voices must fight racism and injustice now and always. — Carol Folt … Continue reading Saturday Buzz: USC/National Reaction To Protests
Here’s a mouth-watering stat for the USC athletic dept: Utah football’s season-ticket renewal rate is 94 percent with a waiting list in the thousands. During a pandemic. I bet USC would be happy with a 75 percent renewal rate right now. Continue reading USC Wishes It Were Utah In One Dept.
Quick, name the USC quarterback. The late 90’s get a lot of stick because of Paul Hackett but the players worked hard and had some good moments. Here’s quarterback Mike Van Raaphorst, who in 1999 set the then-USC single-game passing yardage (415 yards) record. Continue reading USC Picture Of The Day
Who is the happiest player at USC today? You might say the star receivers or the Heisman-hyped quarterback. Maybe one of the returning tailbacks or highly regarded safeties? But I think it might be QB Matt Fink. He is the second-string QB on a pass-happy team with a leaky offensive line. Fink might be starting Game 2 this season if USC actually plays Alabama. A … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column
A few loose ends on JT Daniels. He will be part of a pro-style, play-action offense, which helps him. But one hit in an SEC game could be traumatic if Fresno State sidelined him for a year. Is it interesting that Daniels enjoyed being part of two QB competitions at USC that were pretty much rigged by Clay Helton but left when the roles got … Continue reading Some Lingering Questions On JT Daniels
JT Daniels made it official this afternoon he will transfer to Georgia. He will need a waiver to be eligible next season. Again, will he adapt to getting hit by SEC linemen? He will have to win the starting job first, of course. What happens if he doesn’t get a waiver? Would he consider returning to USC? Clay Helton will obviously welcome him back. And … Continue reading JT Daniels Announces He Will Transfer To Georgia
Former USC kicker Matt Boermeester, who was expelled two classes shy of graduating after a 2017 incident with his girlfriend, has won a California appeals court decision that ordered his discipline set aside. Boermeester filed a lawsuit in 2019 alleging the school ruined his academic and athletic careers when he was expelled from USC after a “third-party, non-witness filed a false report” about a supposed … Continue reading Matt Boermeester Scores Court Victory
There is a lot of buzz in Georgia circles that JT Daniels will transfer to the Bulldogs’ football program. Say what? I’ve mentioned before the idea of Daniels facing SEC defensive linemen is not good. Now let’s look at Georgia’s quarterback depth chart: Jamie Newman has transferred in after starting at Wake Forest. Maybe that doesn’t matter if Daniels needs to sit out a season … Continue reading JT Daniels To Georgia?
I’ve focused a lot on USC fans who gave up their season tickets the past two seasons. But there could be an overlooked constituency that goes ballistic in the fall: The fans who don’t get to go to games. If USC plays in a stadium that is half empty (or more), someone will be denied access. Once you get past the student section and Scholarship … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Who Tells Fans No Admittance To Games?
I keep reading USC’s schedule is a nightmare. Why? USC opens with Alabama and closes with Notre Dame. Tough games. What else is there? New Mexico is awful. Stanford won four games last season and had about 15 players enter the transfer portal. Arizona State is a respectable team but not considered a surefire Top 25 opponent. Utah is supposed to be a tough game … Continue reading USC Schedule Is Not As Tough As Some Think
Former Georgetown guard Mac McClung has chosen Texas Tech as his next destination. USC was one of his seven finalists. Do you blame him? Red Raiders coach Chris Beard has been to an NCAA championship game and an Elite Eight in 2018-19. Andy Enfield took Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 in 2013. Continue reading Mac McClung Picks Texas Tech
If the offensive line is USC’s weak spot, it has a dilemma with its best lineman, Alijah Vera-Tucker. USC seems ready to move Vera-Tucker to left tackle, which makes sense because Kedon Slovis needs protection. But . . . usually it is better to move someone from the outside to the inside part of the line than vice versa. So there is a risk in … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Weighing Risk Of Moving Top Lineman
For whatever reason, Arizona has been ahead of the curve in dealing with its season-ticket holders. Here is its policy for fans who have season tickets but worry they might be at risk if they are in a stadium or arena with other fans. “Season-ticket holders concerned about their well-being could keep their seats for the 2021 football and/or ’21-22 men’s basketball seasons by putting … Continue reading Should USC Offer Season-Ticket Holders A Sabbatical?
USC recruiting is going so well it is a little surprising when Troy Franklin of Atherton, Calif., one of the top wide receivers in the nation, does not have the Trojans in is final four. This journey has been the best ,, next time I’ll be committed ! Here’s my Final Four !!❤️ pic.twitter.com/KlrBExEYP9 — Troy Franklin (@TroooyyyyyyTroy) May 26, 2020 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Continue reading Top Receiver Narrows Schools
USC has found a way to make a little money off the pandemic. I wrote the headline imagining the guy who would sell programs at the Coliseum in that distinctive voice, “Get your souvenir programs!” Chris Dufresne, the long-time college football writer for the Los Angeles Times, died last night. He was 62. Dufresne was considered a go-to guy on college football for many years … Continue reading Get Your Souvenir USC Face Mask!
Reggie Bush is mad at ESPN, which is not unique for a Fox Sports analyst. In this case, ESPN rewrote Bush’s interview with Playboy and Bush objected to the fact ESPN wrote it without his approval. If Bush gets mad every time someone writes a news story on an interview he gave to another web site, he will be busy. Dear @espn Please take this … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Reggie Bush Unhappy With ESPN; Sultan McCullough Update
On Memorial Day, a quick story about a Trojan from World War II. Don Clark played football at USC in 1942 before joining the Army. Clark was only 20 when he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He lost six fillings in his teeth when a German 88 mm artillery shell went off near him. After the war, Clark returned to USC and played … Continue reading A Memorial Day Memory
Former USC guard Elijah Weaver announced today he is transferring to Dayton. The 6-6 guard averaged 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists last season for the Trojans. Weaver chose Dayton over Central Florida and Arkansas. Continue reading Elijah Weaver Commits To Dayton
WINNERS USC football It looks like the Pac-12 this week will approve welcoming back athletes for voluntary workouts, the first step toward actually playing a season. Lane Kiffin He got all the positive publicity from the announcement of the USC-Ole Miss series and probably won’t even be around by 2025. I would pay to see him dress like he did at the Sun Bowl if … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of Week
Former USC tailback Reggie Bush said paying college athletes will “destroy some people” if they do not have a good foundation during an interview with Playboy.com. “They’re about to start paying college athletes,” Bush said. “This is something that has never been experienced before, and it’s going to destroy some people if their foundation is not in the right place. “The one thing I wish … Continue reading Reggie Bush Worried About College Athletes Getting Paid
Here is the annual visit to Disneyland by USC and Michigan for the 1970 Rose Bowl. From the left, it’s Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, All-American tight end Jim Mandich, the Rose queen, USC linebacker/team captain Bob Jensen, USC All-American/defensive end Jimmy Gunn and USC assistant coach Marv Goux. Schembechler had a heart attack the day before the game and did not coach. Continue reading USC Picture Of The Day
During Mike Bohn’s media tour, he mentioned Ohio State’s projection it could host 22,000-50,000 fans for football games depending on the guidelines at the time. Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke also addressed the issue in an interview with the Arizona Daily Star. “At this point, with the information we have, I don’t foresee the ability to open the full stadium to capacity,” Heeke said. “It … Continue reading USC Sunday Buzz: Will Coliseum Be 20-60 Percent Capacity?
Lynn Cain gets overlooked at USC because he shared the backfield with Charles White but he averaged 5.2 yards per carry. And he had a pretty respectable NFL career, gaining 2,309 yards, mostly with the Atlanta Falcons. A lot of people who were fans of Roosevelt High School and East Los Angeles College still remember him too. And here is USC offensive line coach Hudson … Continue reading Remembering Two Faces From 1977
Since Mike Bohn and Co. like to listen to new ideas, here’s my proposal for this fall at the Coliseum. The German soccer team, Borussia Mönchengladbach, found a creative way to make its stadium look better for Saturday’s game against Bayer Leverkusen. The 54,000-seat stadium had about 12,000-cardboard cutouts of actual fans, who paid $20.60 for their likeness at the games. So it makes the … Continue reading USC Can Play In A Full Stadium
USC signed six offensive lineman from the Class of 2020. And it has three commitments for 2021. Eight of the nine are three stars according to Rivals. I’d be less hung up on stars if USC had a history of developing linemen under the current regime. Do stars matter? Offensive tackles Tyron Smith, Matt Kalil and Zach Banner were five stars. Chad Wheeler was a … Continue reading USC Saturday Buzz: A Question On Offensive Line Recruiting
USC received a commitment from offensive tackle Saia Mapakaitolo, a three-star prospect from Alemany High School. What’s funny is when I mentioned Oregon got four-star lineman Jonah Miller, some people said, “USC signed six linemen (in 2020), they don’t need more.” But USC has commitments from three offensive linemen in 2021, all three-star players. At least Tim Drevno is happy. The Trojans are Rolling! LA … Continue reading USC Picks Up 13th Commitment
This strikes me as a boilerplate hype video. And there is nothing wrong with that. But when USC overhypes the hype-video guys, it creates an expectation that you will be floored. So far, it seems only media sycophants are wowed by this one. Legends are made here.#USCtotheNFL | #FightOn ✌️ pic.twitter.com/DXc1JyFALY — USC Football (@USC_FB) May 21, 2020 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Continue reading Hype Up The Hype Video!
When USC athletic director Mike Bohn told Paul Finebaum it was unfortunate how California and West Coast schools were portrayed in wanting to play football, he has a point. People tend to downgrade what comes from the Pac-12 nationally. The problem is flawed messengers. When Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott talks, observers see a guy who never seems to lead on an issue, whether it’s the … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A Notes Column
Since Tim Floyd was a subject of an entertaining article on his first year coaching the Chicago Bulls, I’m going to re-post some stories from USC. Former #USC basketball coach Tim Floyd was a notoriously bad driver. He once left his rental car running during an entire high school game in Bay Area because he was worried he wouldn't know how to start it again … Continue reading More Tim Floyd Stories
You probably already heard, but I still need to comment on this: Actor Lori Loughlin and her husband agreed to plead guilty in the College Admissions Scandal. Loughlin will serve 2 months in jail and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will serve 5 months. Loughlin will pay a $150,000 fine while Giannulli will pay $250,000. So all that legal wrangling the past year and Loughlin will … Continue reading Aunt Becky Only Got 2 Months?
USC athletic director Mike Bohn was on the Paul Finebaum Show today. He took issue with the way West Coast schools were portrayed on their approach to returning to sports. “People don’t understand our commitment to football and our student athletes,” Bohn said. “It creates a little unrest because you’re competitive.” Bohn on USC’s chances of playing football this season: “Our hope meter seems to … Continue reading Mike Bohn Says Portrayal Of USC, West Coast “Unfortunate”
One of the most-read stories I wrote last season was when Clay Helton awarded game balls to Mike Bohn and Carol Folt after the UCLA game. Helton was trying to save his job. Helton did not, however, award a game ball to Kedon Slovis, who passed for a USC-record 515 yards in that game. I was casually talking to a USC player last week, who … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: The Post-UCLA Game Stories Continue
USC is going after two high-quality transfers: Guard Mac McClung of Georgetown and guard Both Gach of Utah. Both considered going pro but are now looking for new schools. Each player has played two years so they will need a waiver, like JT Daniels, to become immediately eligible. The NCAA is expected to be liberal about granting waivers so maybe it won’t be a problem. … Continue reading USC Hunting For More Transfers