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USC Administration Takes Pay Cuts; What About Clay Helton?

USC just announced a series of cost-cutting measures because of the coronavirus pandemic. “The President will be taking a 20 percent reduction, while the Provost, Senior Vice Presidents, and Deans will give 10 percent,” a USC statement said. What about Clay Helton and Andy Enfield? They might be the two highest-paid employees on campus. Helton is almost certainly the highest paid. Full letter below: April … Continue reading USC Administration Takes Pay Cuts; What About Clay Helton?

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

Isn’t it time for Clay Helton to donate part of his salary to some organization to help victims of the coronavirus? Or maybe to help the essential workers during the crisis? Helton’s been stealing millions the past two seasons (I’d argue longer than that) and what’s wrong with making a sizeable donation to a worthy cause? And it would mean more than filming a public-service … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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USC Buys Carol Folt A House For $8.6 Million

Can USC afford to give spring sport athletes another year on scholarship? Will the coronavirus pandemic have an adverse financial effect on the athletic dept.? Who cares? USC can afford to buy Carol Folt a tony Santa Monica house for $8.6 million! Nice tone-deaf purchase, especially with 10 million people losing their jobs. Is Max Nikias still president? What really makes this funny is the … Continue reading USC Buys Carol Folt A House For $8.6 Million

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New Home For USC Ticket Office?

I’m hearing the USC ticket office, which has been in the student union since at least the 1930’s, is almost certain to move to the Galen Center. There’s certainly little demand for tickets over there except maybe on nights of big basketball games. The question is whether USC uses available ticket booths or opens a different spot at the arena to buy football tickets, etc. Continue reading New Home For USC Ticket Office?

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USC Morning Buzz: Yelling And Coaching Are Different Things

USC held only one spring practice before the coronavirus restrictions put everything on hold. Here are the things to watch when analyzing the entirely new defensive staff: Do they have players in the right positions? Yelling and energy are two different things You can’t yell and teach at the same time When you have total defensive energy, it comes by itself Only time will tell … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Yelling And Coaching Are Different Things

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Former USC Admissions Official Pleads Guilty

Hiu Kit David Chong, an assistant director in USC’s Office of Graduate Admissions from 2008 to 2016, plead guilty to one count of wire fraud in an agreement signed last month that was unsealed Wednesday. He helped graduate students from China gain admittance by submitting doctored transcripts, fraudulent letters of recommendation and phony personal statements. Chong admitted three students and was paid $8,000-10,000 per student. … Continue reading Former USC Admissions Official Pleads Guilty

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First Dodgers, Will DirecTV Add Pac-12 Network?

The Dodgers will be on DirecTV after Spectrum Networks reached a deal with the satellite TV provider. Naturally, someone will wonder if this means the Pac-12 Network is next for DirecTV? I would caution against expecting this to happen. AT&T, which owns DirecTV, probably did this to make the provider appear more attractive to potential buyers. The Dodgers add value. The Pac-12 Network does not. … Continue reading First Dodgers, Will DirecTV Add Pac-12 Network?

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USC Notes: 2006 Rose Bowl Is Back

Yesterday, Kentucky forward Johnny Juzang announced his top six schools that he would transfer to and USC was not listed. This was surprising, including to Kentucky insider Matt Jones, who said, “the USC staff was a factor in his decision to transfer.” Is it legal for a staff to talk to a player before they transfer? It wouldn’t be the first time. Remember, Tim Floyd … Continue reading USC Notes: 2006 Rose Bowl Is Back

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USC Morning Buzz: Clay Helton Can See Light If He Gets To 2021

Fans are starting to ask me if the coronavirus will save Clay Helton’s job? Obviously, we are not at that point yet but I’m hearing about it more often. If the football season gets canceled, would Helton get fired with 0-0 record? Here’s the crazy part: USC will play Oregon and Washington this season. But it won’t play them in 2021 or 2022. How happy … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Clay Helton Can See Light If He Gets To 2021

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USC’s College Football Playoff Odds Are Not Bad

USC has the 13th-best odds per Fox Bet to make the College Football Playoff at 6/1. The only Pac-12 team ahead of the Trojans is Oregon. That’s a lot of confidence in Clay Helton. Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma are the top four teams per Fox Bet. Here are the Pac-12 teams’ odds below: 5/1—Oregon 6/1—USC 9/1—Washington 11/1—Utah 40/1—Arizona State 50/1—UCLA 55/1—Arizona 75/1—Stanford Continue reading USC’s College Football Playoff Odds Are Not Bad

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Did Andy Enfield Stiff LSU?

LSU coach Will Wade said Monday night that believed USC would play the Tigers in Baton Rouge next season but it will probably not happen now. “That has not gone the way we planned. That would be the nice way to say it,” Wade said. “Probably not this year for sure. Maybe the following year. “The only time people lie more than in recruiting is … Continue reading Did Andy Enfield Stiff LSU?

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Entertaining USC Recruiting Tales

A couple recruiting stories from the past: If you think when coaches visit high schools, they just cordially greet other, it doesn’t always happen. Maybe 99 percent of the time, but not always. I remember hearing from a coach at Valencia High School that Ed Orgeron visited shortly after Paul Hackett had been fired in 2000, still recruiting for USC. A UCLA assistant just happened … Continue reading Entertaining USC Recruiting Tales

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USC Morning Buzz: Your Coach At Work

There might be a pandemic but the USC digital media team is working overtime. Here is a day with Clay Helton: He reads the bible. He lifts weights. He watches film. He walks the dogs. And my favorite part: At the end, he poses with the ocean in the background. Should Sam Darnold or Lynn Swann be thanked more for providing that view? Making the most of each day! #QuarantineRoutine … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Your Coach At Work

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About The Time USC Faced Pistol Pete Maravich

There was a rowdy crowd in John Parker Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 18, 1969 packed in to see LSU guard Pete Maravich. “They would bust windows to get in to watch us play,” Maravich said. “One night against Southern Cal, for example, they busted windows out. They got ladders. They would climb through the windows. They knocked over a security guard. Fifty fans did that.” … Continue reading About The Time USC Faced Pistol Pete Maravich

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NCAA Extends Eligibility For Spring Sports . . . With A Catch

The Division I Council on Monday voted to allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility. But there is a catch: The council said it will not require athletics aid be provided at the same level awarded for 2019-20.  That means schools will be able to offer less (or zero) aid if they want. … Continue reading NCAA Extends Eligibility For Spring Sports . . . With A Catch

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USC Lands Third Graduate Transfer

Wofford post player Chevez Goodwin has committed to USC, the third graduate to commit to the Trojans since the season ended. Goodwin averaged 11.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season. USC is really going to be quite a mix next season with returining players, grad transfers and incoming freshmen. Not to mention guard Noah Baumann, who redshirted last season after transferring from San … Continue reading USC Lands Third Graduate Transfer

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Notes: USC Legend Honor; Pac-12 Suspends Activities

Richard Wood was the first three-time All-American in the history of USC and did it during an era when freshmen were ineligible. He still doesn’t always get his due and was not admitted into the USC Hall of Fame into 2007. I’m mentioning him today because the Athletic did an article on the best players to wear each jersey number. Wood was named the best … Continue reading Notes: USC Legend Honor; Pac-12 Suspends Activities

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USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of The Week

WINNERS OF THE WEEK Andy Enfield He lands two four-star commitments for 2021 and a grad transfer from Utah Valley. This is what Enfield does best: Land recruits. The underachievement comes later. If they canceled the NCAA Tournament every year he would have a great reputation. Clay Helton “Did y’all see we landed a four-star tailback?” Helton might say today. USC had the nation’s No. … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of The Week

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Sunday Buzz: Mike Bohn Will Be Judged On One Thing

We can praise/criticize Mike Bohn for the next eight months but the only thing that really matters from a football perspective is what he does with Clay Helton. If USC manages to win 9/10 games and Bohn has the guts to fire Helton, he will deserve praise and the “you all just needed to patient while Bohn fixed things” crowd in the athletic dept. will … Continue reading Sunday Buzz: Mike Bohn Will Be Judged On One Thing

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USC Working On Coronavirus Vaccine

A USC research team is working on a vaccine for the coronavirus, the university announced. The team is trying to isolate human antibodies that successfully fight the viral infection in order to create working therapeutic treatments to improve recovery times for COVID-19 patients, according to researchers. Pin Wang, a professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering, is leading the research team. Wang … Continue reading USC Working On Coronavirus Vaccine

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Saturday Buzz: When The Stars Supported USC

One of the first USC organizations to start supporting athletics was “the Trojan club,” which started in 1923 and created the “Monday Morning Quarterback” lunches where the football coach would review the previous game. The Trojan club was also a star-studded group in the late 1940’s. Actors Clark Gable, Robert Taylor and Edward Arnold were members in “good standing.” Los Angeles mayor Fletcher Bowron was … Continue reading Saturday Buzz: When The Stars Supported USC

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USC Basketball Moves Keep Coming

Isaiah White, a 6-7 grad transfer from Utah Valley, has committed to USC. White averaged 14.5 points and 8.4 rebounds last season. It’s going to be interesting to see how USC melds grad transfers who want to make impact in their final season, with returning players who think its their turn to shine (Elijah Weaver, Ethan Anderson) and a much-hyped recruit (Eric Mobley) who is … Continue reading USC Basketball Moves Keep Coming

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USC Admissions Gets 6,000 Fewer Applicants

Are USC’s scandals finally catching up with admissions? USC announced today it had nearly 60,000 applicants for the Class of 2024 and accepted 9,535 students. USC said the acceptance rate was 16 percent. This breaks a recent trend for USC. Let’s compare below: In 2019, USC had a record-breaking 66,000 apply and accepted only 11 percent. In 2018, USC had 64,256 applicants and accepted only … Continue reading USC Admissions Gets 6,000 Fewer Applicants

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Now We Know Why USC Needed More Support Staff

USC said it desperately needed extra football support staff, including digital media people. Well, it’s obvious the coaches are not producing their own tweets. The question is whether this will cause a recruit to go to USC? But when you aren’t winning, you need to be creative, I guess. On the other hand, does anyone think Graham Harrell is actually creating this tweet? Welcome to … Continue reading Now We Know Why USC Needed More Support Staff

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USC Extends Season-Ticket Deadline (Again)

USC athletic director Mike Bohn announced today the season-ticket renewal deadline was extended to May 13. “For those currently on season ticket payment plans, we will delay processing the next installment until Friday, July 24,” Bohn said. This is the second time USC has extended the season-ticket deadline. I suspect the delay in processing payments will be welcomed by the non-millionaire segment of boosters. Last … Continue reading USC Extends Season-Ticket Deadline (Again)

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Kirk Herbstreit Doesn’t Expect College Football This Season

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said he does expect football to be played in the fall. “I’ll be shocked if we have NFL football this fall, if we have college football. I’ll be so surprised if that happens,” he told ESPN radio. “Just because from what I understand, people that I listen to, you’re 12 to 18 months from a [coronavirus] vaccine. I don’t … Continue reading Kirk Herbstreit Doesn’t Expect College Football This Season

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

Did you know USC tried to hire legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant? After USC fired Jeff Cravath in 1950, athletic director Willis O. Hunter contacted Bryant but he turned the Trojans down. “I had just signed a new contract at Kentucky,” Bryant told the Daily Trojan. Kentucky, you say? Bryant had just gone 11-1 and defeated No. 1-ranked Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. The final … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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USC Can Move To . . . Staples Center

Petros Papadakis suggested on his show that USC move to Staples Center . . . for football. He based his suggestion on declining fan interest and the Air Raid being conducive to indoor football. “It’s the downsizing of USC football because of the cheapening of the brand. and the way that they play,” Papadakis said. “Carol Folt and the Bohnerino can have a royal box … Continue reading USC Can Move To . . . Staples Center

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NCAA Will Distribute $375 Million Less To Schools

The NCAA announced it would give its schools around $225 million in June. That is $375 million less than normal because of the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the cancellation of the NCAA and Big 12 Tournaments will cost the conference around $15-18 million. Bowlsby said he believed the Big 12’s reserves can probably “make members whole” this season. Continue reading NCAA Will Distribute $375 Million Less To Schools

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USC Morning Buzz: Defense Gets To Learn New System In Less Time

A coach who is familiar with USC’s defensive personnel said with spring practice unlikely, new defensive coordinator Todd Orlando needs to keep his schemes simple heading into the practice. “He probably won’t have enough practices to install a complicated defense,” the coach said. “He should just worry about being simple, simple, simple. He would be smart to try and fit the personnel, and not force … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Defense Gets To Learn New System In Less Time

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Who Is The Next Great USC Offensive Lineman?

USC coaches have been active on twitter. Graham Harrell said Tuesday he believes USC has the ” best staff in the country.” And then there is this tweet from Tim Drevno, which seems generated by a digital media support staffer. It also points out the obvious: When has USC produced a great lineman since Tyron Smith, who was drafted in 2011? If you want to … Continue reading Who Is The Next Great USC Offensive Lineman?

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USC Pro Day Another Event That Got Canceled

USC was supposed to hold its Pro Day today. There’s been some big ones at USC: The Matt Leinart-Reggie Bush Pro Day drew thousands to the track stadium and people then lined Howard Jones Field to watch Leinart throw. Matt Barkley’s Pro Day was televised live by the NFL Network and so was Sam Darnold’s Pro Day. But this one was more important for prospects … Continue reading USC Pro Day Another Event That Got Canceled