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Lane Kiffin Offers Matt Leinart’s 11-Year-Old Son

Anything for publicity. Lane Kiffin now says he has offered a scholarship to Cole Leinart, the 11-year-old son of fomer USC QB Matt Leinart. Remember Kiffin made news when he offered David Sills at 13, who never made it to USC. He also offered Tee Martin’s son, Kaden, when he was 13. Kaden Martin is starting at quarterback at Redondo High School as a freshman. … Continue reading Lane Kiffin Offers Matt Leinart’s 11-Year-Old Son

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USC Morning Buzz

Porter Gustin was named to the Associated Press midseason All-America second team. Gustin will miss 17 games in the past two seasons after he fractured his ankle Saturday against Colorado. Former USC wide receiver Joseph Lewis was sentenced to a year in prison and five years probation after he pleaded no contest to felony domestic violence. Lewis punched, scratched and strangled his girlfriend in July, according … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz

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The Pac-12’s Bad Weekend

Here is my column for the Sporting News on the Pac-12’s awful weekend. Excerpt: No two-loss team has ever made the Playoff, so Oregon, with a 5-1 record, is the newest pretender to be presented as the Pac-12’s top team. USC, Stanford and Washington already blew their chances, so the Ducks offer the best case scenario. But exactly how Oregon would leapfrog any legitimate contender from … Continue reading The Pac-12’s Bad Weekend

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USC Morning Buzz: The Level Of Tolerance Is High For Some Fans

Some people I see are taking the “I accept USC winning ugly and move on each week” approach this season. It demonstrates how low the level of tolerance is for USC fans. Do you imagine fans at Alabama, Ohio State or Clemson would accept this approach? Would those fans accept two receivers running into each other on TWO DIFFERENT PLAYS? Would those fans accept getting … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: The Level Of Tolerance Is High For Some Fans

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Porter Gustin Out For The Season

USC coach Clay Helton said defensive end Porter Gustin fractured his ankle and will miss the rest of the season. Gustin will have surgery this week and have a recovery time of about 3-4 months. “Sad to say that Porter Gustin late in the game had an injury that caused an ankle fracture that will take him out the rest of the season,” Helton said. … Continue reading Porter Gustin Out For The Season

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Discuss The USC-Colorado Game

I’m already flustered after watching how unprepared Clancy Pendergast had the defense for the Wildcat play where Colorado scored a TD. Here’s the frustrating post-game quote: “It’s a win that allows us to control our destiny the rest of the way,” USC coach Clay Helton said. UPDATED: USC is up 28-14 and going to win. It’s a typical Pac-12 South game. Terrible. USC will need … Continue reading Discuss The USC-Colorado Game

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

It’s time for Friday’s USC notes column: How does a team that had only two practices last week so everyone could rest enter the Colorado game with linebacker Cameron Smith only 50-50 because of a strained hamstring? And even after the two-practice bye week, USC kept its streak intact of having an offensive line starter miss at least one practice when Toa Lobendahn sat out … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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A Legal Victory (Of Sorts) For Todd McNair

Judge Frederick Shaller ruled that the NCAA violated California state law when it imposed a show-cause penalty against former USC assistant Todd McNair. The decision would prevent the NCAA from imposing show-cause penalties in California. McNair had a one-year show cause penalty that prevented him from recrutiing when the NCAA handed down sanctions against USC. That meant a school would have to appear before an … Continue reading A Legal Victory (Of Sorts) For Todd McNair

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USC Afternoon Notes

Another safety prospect for USC is Sione Vaki, a three-star prospect from Liberty High School in Brentwood, Calif. That’s the Brentwood in Northern California, by the way. Vaki is actually listed as a wide receiver by recruiting services, but like I said this morning, USC is desperate for safeties. Meanwhile, USC’s basketball team will scrimmage San Jose State on Oct. 20 and San Diego State … Continue reading USC Afternoon Notes

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USC Morning Buzz: Safety Options Thin

With Bubba Bolden departing USC, the Trojans return only three safeties next season: Talanoa Hufanga, C.J. Pollard and Isaiah Pola-Mao. Cornerback Chase Williams has practiced at safety too so it could be four theoretically. Worse, USC has no safeties committed in its current recruiting class. USC is recruiting safety Noa Pola-Gates of Gilbert, Ariz., the cousin of Pola-Mao. But the recruiting services currently have projected … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Safety Options Thin

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Former USC Safety Kevin Ellison Dies

Kevin Ellison, a three-year starter at safety at USC, has died, according to multiple sources. He was 31. The cause of death has not been announced. Ellison, who played at Redondo High School, made 174 tackles, including 17.5 tackles for loss at USC. He deflected 18 passes with five interceptions. He briefly played for the San Diego Chargers and Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League. … Continue reading Former USC Safety Kevin Ellison Dies

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Jack Jones Sentenced

Former USC cornerback Jack Jones was sentenced Friday to 90 days in the Ventura County Jail for breaking into a Panda Express restaurant in Santa Paula. A judge reduced the charge from a felony to a misdeameanor. Jones’ attorney has asked for the sentence to be served in home confinement instead of a prison, which should be granted because Jones has no prior criminal history. Jones … Continue reading Jack Jones Sentenced

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

Here is my USC notes column, which can be found at USC247.com. Excerpt: “Imagine if USC were located in Philadelphia or New York? Why? Because the media coverage would be much tougher on USC coach Clay Helton. Helton blinked this week, under just a little media scrutiny, because he held only two bye week practices. All of a sudden Wednesday, after the second and final … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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USC Morning Buzz: How Are The Fans Doing?

I spoke to a USC booster on Wednesday who said, “I will not go to another USC game until changes are made.” He went to four-or-five home games last season sitting in the big donor seats. I spoke to another die-hard USC fan who said, “I am off the bandwagon. I never expect good things to happen any more.” Is this indicative of USC fans … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: How Are The Fans Doing?

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10 Things USC Needs To Fix During Its Bye Week

You can read my full story on right here on USC247.com. Excerpt: “3.) Get some discipline This could be a weekly feature. But it’s hard to lecture the team about penalties when the coach is getting a sideline interference penalty in the fourth quarter. Or when a senior (Tyler Petite) commits a false start coming out of a timeout. Does USC need to commit a personal … Continue reading 10 Things USC Needs To Fix During Its Bye Week

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USC Morning Buzz: Bye Week Continues!

USC ended practice 10 minutes early yesterday. Why not? There is not much to fix. JT Daniels didn’t throw to rest his arm. This is actually a good idea if his arm needs a break. More than the arm, I think Daniels needs a break because he doesn’t like taking hits. But today is the last practice of the week, so everyone will get a … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Bye Week Continues!

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Let’s Poke Some Holes In Bye Week Propaganda

Some people are actually defending USC practicing twice this week. Do they think USC does not have things to work on? 18 penalties should answer that. Do they think USC needs rest? If they practiced Tuesday-Thursday, they would still get a three-day weekend and maybe four if they took Monday off. Let’s be clear: Bye week practices are easier and often geared toward younger players. … Continue reading Let’s Poke Some Holes In Bye Week Propaganda

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Sunday Night With Clay Helton

USC coach Clay Helton was in fine form Sunday night. “I can’t wait for people to see this team come November, because I believe in where they’re going, I see where they’re going,” Helton said. Does anyone think this coaching staff will deliver improvement? Or any success other an easy Pac-12 schedule? Helton on the Arizona game: “We had the opportunity to separate ourselves and … Continue reading Sunday Night With Clay Helton

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Discuss The USC-Arizona Game

UPDATED: What an utter joke of performance. How can Clay Helton be proud of a mere 24-20 victory over Arizona? This was a disaster. I guarantee you Lynn Swann is disgusted. He won’t do anything but he is disgusted. USC had 18 penalties for 169 yards. If you have some comments on tonight’s game, feel free to start here. PREVIOUSLY: USC is going to win … Continue reading Discuss The USC-Arizona Game

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Morning Buzz: Pick The USC-Arizona Score

I will make my pick later today. But now is your turn. USC is a big favorite on paper but will that translate tonight at Arizona Stadium? Meanwhile, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, who put his foot in his mouth last weekend when he said Porter Gustin’s hit on Washington State QB Gardner Minshew was not targeting, did damage control before the UCLA-Colorado game on Friday … Continue reading Morning Buzz: Pick The USC-Arizona Score

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Morning Buzz: USC Plagued By Slow-Moving Decisions

The USC coaches finally allowed true freshman cornerback Olaijah Griffin to get some first-team reps during Wednesday’s practice, signalling he might start against Arizona. It is stunning to me it took this long. Here is what I wrote after the USC-Texas game: “I’ve seen enough of some of the veteran corners. USC has two five-star freshmen corners on the bench (Olaijah Griffin, Issac Taylor-Stuart). If … Continue reading Morning Buzz: USC Plagued By Slow-Moving Decisions

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10 Things USC Needs To Fix To Beat Arizona

No. 2 Learn to play situational football Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast seems incredibly naïve or stubborn. His schemes seem to always be all-or-nothing. There are ways to pressure to quarterback without blitzing and Pendergast doesn’t seem to realize it. #USC https://t.co/JpRhEpFEDF — InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) September 26, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Continue reading 10 Things USC Needs To Fix To Beat Arizona

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Larry Scott Strikes Again

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott was asked about USC linebacker Porter Gustin’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew. From the Associated Press: Scott said he had consulted the officiating team about that call. He said every play is reviewed. “So you can certainly assume that play got a lot of looks, not just from the replay booth at the stadium, but we’ve got our … Continue reading Larry Scott Strikes Again

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Morning Buzz: An Odd Night At USC

USC held its third Presidential Search Advisory Committee listening session Tuesday night on campus. Most of the meeting focused on things like the fact there is no student representation on the search committee. But there was an odd moment when a man identified himself as Ed Gilliam and said he played football and baseball at USC in the 1970’s.  One of Gilliam’s concerns was that Notre … Continue reading Morning Buzz: An Odd Night At USC

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USC Morning Buzz: Where Is Ronald Jones?

Did you know former USC tailback Ronald Jones has not even dressed for the past three weeks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? The rookie second-round draft choice is 100 percent healthy. The reasons he does not play are pretty simple: Jones is not viewed as being able to block or catch at an NFL level. These are things that were brought up to USC coaches … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Where Is Ronald Jones?