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And In Recruiting News . . .

USC sent two coaches to Scottsdale, Ariz., a couple weeks ago to watch five-star cornerback Kelee Ringo and four-star cornerback Jacobe Covington. Well, Covington just released his top 8 schools. Someone seems to be missing. Maybe USC only wants Ringo. That must be it. I got a text from a Pac-12 coach: “Unbelievable.” The marathon continues …#Top8 pic.twitter.com/yamHSVgYd7 — Jacobe (@jacobecovington) May 24, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Continue reading And In Recruiting News . . .

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The Pac-12 Adds The Trojans To Conference

The Pac-12 Conference has added Arkansas-Little Rock as its sixth member in wrestling. Can you guess the other members? Arizona State, Oregon State, Stanford, Cal State Bakersfield and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. This is also means there are two teams in the Pac-12 nicknamed the Trojans, because that is Arkansas-Little Rock’s nickname too. If only Larry Scott worked this hard on getting the Pac-12 … Continue reading The Pac-12 Adds The Trojans To Conference

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USC Basketball Star Roy Irvin Passes Away

I just happened to write about former USC basketball player Roy Irvin and his grandson, Clay Irvin, this morning and USC announced that Roy passed away Sunday. He was 86. Irvin, a 6-foot-5 center, was a third-team All-American in 1954 when he led the Trojans to the Final Four. He came to USC after playing at Montebello High School and Fullerton College. Irvin was a … Continue reading USC Basketball Star Roy Irvin Passes Away

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

NCAA commissioner Mark Emmert made $3.9 million for 2017-18, according to Yahoo. That is outrageous until you consider it is 27 percent less than Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott‘s $5.3 million salary for the same period. And the truth is, USC athletic director Lynn Swann is believed to make between $3-4 million a year. At least the NCAA and Pac-12 were transparent about those salary figures. USC … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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Remember When USC Called Florida?

I’m old enough to remember Pete Carroll telling me that he called Urban Meyer at Florida to try and schedule a home-and-home series back in the glory days. Meyer declined. Carroll also tried to get Oklahoma to play a home-and-home series but the Sooners said no. Now USC wants to play FCS teams. Drum roll for the excuse brigade: USC plays a 9-game Pac-12 schedule! … Continue reading Remember When USC Called Florida?

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USC Morning Buzz: Goodbye Texas, Hello UC Davis!

Imagine how unattractive USC’s schedule would have been last year under the preferred format it now wants: Since it needs seven home games, you take away Texas and add UC Davis. Then you realize USC skips Washington and Oregon. As it turned out, Stumblebum Helton wouldn’t have even been able to navigate that schedule to a CFP appearance, which is the strategy of administrator Steve … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Goodbye Texas, Hello UC Davis!

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Prosecutors Seek 6-12 Months Sentence For Tony Bland

Federal prosecutors want former USC assistant coach Tony Bland to serve 6-12 months for his role in the college basketball scandal. Bland’s lawyer has asked for no jail time. He will be sentenced May 29. “His conduct now exposes USC to significant potential penalties from the NCAA,” the federal prosecutor wrote in a memorandum said. Continue reading Prosecutors Seek 6-12 Months Sentence For Tony Bland

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Will USC Spend Money Next Week?

USC baseball coach Dan Hubbs got ejected in the second inning of last night’s game vs. UC Irvine and should have three games left in his Trojan career. But don’t get your hopes up that USC will hire a big-time replacement. Since Lynn Swann is the direct supervisor for the golf programs (one of his few hands-on duties), what did he do when Andrea Gaston … Continue reading Will USC Spend Money Next Week?

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USC Makes History Under Lynn Swann

USC lost to UC Irvine, 7-4, on Tuesday in baseball. That means the Trojans (23-28-1) will officially have a losing record with only three games left. More importantly, it means USC will be 5-7 in football; 16-17 in men’s basketball and less than .500 in baseball. That has never happened in the history of the University of Southern California. I repeat: The big three sports … Continue reading USC Makes History Under Lynn Swann

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Afternoon Notes: Ask Washington About Losing A Tradition

If you think USC playing an FCS school is no big deal, ask Washington fans if they regret their school doing it for the first time in 2011? It’s not that the Huskies only beat Eastern Washington, 30-27. It’s that Washington lost a point of prestige for its program. It was one of only four schools to never play an FCS school. That changed under … Continue reading Afternoon Notes: Ask Washington About Losing A Tradition

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Morning Buzz: Little Things Help Define USC

A recurring theme with USC is a lack of accountability. Lynn Swann has operated without oversight for three years. Clay Helton has been allowed to let the football program become a loose ship with little or no discipline in that same period. I won’t even get into Max Nikias or some of the other problems. But this ties back to Monday’s news about USC possibly … Continue reading Morning Buzz: Little Things Help Define USC

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Larry Scott Made $5.3 Million!

The Pac-12’s tax documents went public and one big piece of news is that commissioner Larry Scott got a $500,000 raise and made a whopping $5.3 million in 2017-18. And that raise came depsite the Pac-12’s revenue ($497 million) dipping 2.3 percent from the previous year. It also mentioned Scott flies first class at his discretion and has a budget for charter flights. Why do … Continue reading Larry Scott Made $5.3 Million!

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USC’s Not Great At Football Scheduling

Someone asked me today if the USC-Notre Dame rivalry is safe now that adminstrators might try and schedule FCS teams for the first time. They were joking but nothing USC does surprises me. I could see some spokesperson saying, “Modern demands make it difficult to play Notre Dame every season.” But here is the real problem: USC has done a horrible job scheduling in recent … Continue reading USC’s Not Great At Football Scheduling

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Is USC About To Destroy Another Tradition?

In the history of college football, there are only three schools that never played an FCS opponent: USC, UCLA and Notre Dame. But look at this comment in the the Athletic from Steve Lopes, USC senior associate athletic director. “If you start looking at the teams that are available, it’s very limited,” Lopes said. “We’re looking at schools that might not even be FBS, which … Continue reading Is USC About To Destroy Another Tradition?

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USC Morning Buzz: Is Lynn Swann On Borrowed Time?

Some people inside Heritage Hall insist USC athletic director Lynn Swann will be out as soon as June. This might be wishful thinking but it definitely is something making the rounds within the athletic dept. The idea is new president Carol Folt would want to hire a new A.D. when she starts in July. At the moment, I don’t know if it is true. But … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Is Lynn Swann On Borrowed Time?

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USC Saturday Buzz: Sign Of The Times

Is it too soon to say Lynn Swann has hamstrung USC’s recruiting class with a possibly lame-duck coach? USC did not make the final four choices of five-star tailback Kendall Milton of Clovis, Calif. LSU, Ohio State, Georgia and Alabama are Milton’s choices. Who can blame him? Why would any big-time recruit make USC his destination if they do not know who the coach might … Continue reading USC Saturday Buzz: Sign Of The Times

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Illinois Just Became More Attractive For Matt Fink

Penn State QB Tommy Stevens announced this morning he would transfer to Mississippi State. Stevens was strongly considering Illinois, so if that scared off Matt Fink, it is no longer an issue. Now I previously noted Illinois still has three quarterbacks and it still might not be the best destination. But it looks a lot better without Stevens, who recently scored an invitation to be … Continue reading Illinois Just Became More Attractive For Matt Fink

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

Imagine next season USC president Carol Folt apologizing to a school the Trojans just defeated over the objections of Clay Helton? These circumstances existed in 1959, when relations between USC and Cal got so bad for a few days, there were newspaper reports the Berkeley school might sever all ties with the Trojans. It started on October 31, when USC defeated Cal, 14-7, at Memorial … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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Afternoon Notes: The Best Job At USC

Can you imagine if more people cared about the fact USC basketball coach Andy Enfield made $2.8 million in 2016-17? That places him among the top 30 nationally for college basketball salaries. In return, USC has won two NCAA Tournament games in six seasons. And two NCAA Tournament appearances. He has only finished better than fifth once in the Pac-12. But no one cares. And … Continue reading Afternoon Notes: The Best Job At USC

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USC Morning Buzz: JT Daniels Gets Summer Job

JT Daniels is one of 25 college quarterbacks selected to be a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy this summer. Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence is also a counselor. Maybe Lawrence can teach Daniels something about living up to the hype. USC wide receivers coach Keary Colbert was in Honolulu on Wednesday recruiting. Linebackers coach Johnny Nansen and defensive backs coach Greg Burns were at a … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: JT Daniels Gets Summer Job

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USC Fails To Disclose Lynn Swann’s Salary

For three years, some of us have been waiting for USC to release its federal tax returns to show much athletic director Lynn Swann makes. But when the Los Angeles Times obtained the 2017-18 fiscal year returns, USC left Swann off the documents. Clay Helton made $3.2 million, which was $600,000 more than in 2016-17. If you want to be further outraged, Andy Enfield made … Continue reading USC Fails To Disclose Lynn Swann’s Salary

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USC Brand Takes A Hit

Here is some market research from E-Score Brand on USC’s brand before and after the College Admissions Scandal. The dislike score rose from 26 to 40 and appeal dropped from 24 to 16. Excerpt: Of the schools measured, USC has the highest number of top-of-mind mentions for “Scandal, Cheating, Etc.” (18.9% of consumers) in Consumer Comments for the question: “What is the first thought that comes to … Continue reading USC Brand Takes A Hit

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USC Morning Buzz: Here’s How Many Seats Are Available

This is Section 122B at the new Coliseum, which is near midfield behind the USC bench. And those green dots are all the available seats in that section for donors to purchase. Now a few things to note: These seats require a $5,000 initial payment toward an annual contribution of $10,000 There is also a $3,000 seat fee payable over four years That said, the … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Here’s How Many Seats Are Available

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USC Afternoon Notes

Did you watch the series finale of Veep on Sunday night? This scene was filmed in the loading zone of the Galen Center. I’ve been there many times and I didn’t recognize it. It was supposed to be the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. Who knew? Meanwhile, the USC women’s basketball team has received a commitment from graduate transfer Stephanie Watts of North Carolina. Watts averaged 15.2 … Continue reading USC Afternoon Notes

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USC Morning Buzz: Clay Helton Taking Charge!

Clay Helton took Clancy Pendergast off the recruiting road in January and told him to cut down the size of the defensive playbook, according to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports. “The package you have is brilliant, but it’s a lot,” Helton reportedly told Pendergast. I don’t doubt Helton made Pendergast simplify the defense. But why did Helton say he pulled Pendergast off the road to … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Clay Helton Taking Charge!

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Fox Doesn’t Look Thrilled With Pac-12

Fox announced at its advertiser upfronts today that its best college football game of the day next season will begin at 9 a.m. (PT). Upfronts are where network executives and talent meet with major advertisers and the media. So what does this mean? It means Fox does not consider any Pac-12 games to be its best game of the day (big surprise). And it means … Continue reading Fox Doesn’t Look Thrilled With Pac-12

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USC Afternoon Notes

USC clinched the Crosstown Cup, 105-85, after defeating UCLA in rowing last weekend. It’s a bittersweet victory after a narrow loss in the women’s water polo championship and beach volleyball championships. Former offensive lineman Nico Falah is believed to have torn his Achilles at Denver Broncos practice. Point guard Boogie Ellis, who was released from Duke, committed to Memphis. He had USC as a finalist. … Continue reading USC Afternoon Notes

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Derryck Thornton Visiting Schools

USC point guard Derryck Thornton is visiting Boston College today per Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. Thornton is also considering Gonzaga, St. John’s, Auburn and Texas Tech. My advice to Thornton is to look hard at Boston College and St. John’s. Gonzaga has little experience at point guard, though, so it probably tempts him. But if he wants to play, BC and St. John’s have … Continue reading Derryck Thornton Visiting Schools

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Sunday Buzz: USC-Lakers Comparisons Used To Be Good

Would Lynn Swann be able to conduct a coaching search any better than the Lakers? It’s a legitimate question for an athletic director who acts like he knows everything but has no practical experience. Lakers fans seem to have similar feelings about Kurt Rambis, who took too much time and ended up with Frank Vogel. Who would USC’s Frank Vogel be? Or are they already … Continue reading Sunday Buzz: USC-Lakers Comparisons Used To Be Good