Sticky post

USC Morning Buzz: Sometimes It Is Good To Not Make A Watch List

The Biletnikoff Award announced its watch list this morning, which normally means I get to make fun of the fact it forgot to list Marqise Lee on its watch list the year he won the award. But then I saw this morning’s list, which did not include USC wide receiver Tyler Vaughns, who seemed a natural candidate. Remember, watch lists are meaningless and usually throw … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Sometimes It Is Good To Not Make A Watch List

Sticky post

Ex-USC Defensive Lineman Jurrell Casey Vows To Protest National Anthem

Former USC defensive tackle Jurrell Casey is a three-time Pro Bowl selection with the Tennessee Titans. Casey told CNN he would risk being fined and protest during the national anthem at NFL games this season. “I’m going to take a fine this year, why not?” the three-time Pro-Bowler told CNN. “I’m going to protest during the flag. That’s what I’m going to say now.” The new … Continue reading Ex-USC Defensive Lineman Jurrell Casey Vows To Protest National Anthem

Sticky post

USC Tailback Stephen Carr Makes Doak Walker Watch List

USC tailback Stephen Carr made the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation’s top running back. So did Stanford’s Bryce Love, who won the award last season. The complete list of candidates is below: Cam Akers (So.), Florida State Darius Anderson (Jr.), TCU Rodney Anderson (Jr.), Oklahoma Ryquell Armstead (Sr.), Temple Alex Barnes (Jr.), Kansas State LeVante Bellamy (Jr.), Western … Continue reading USC Tailback Stephen Carr Makes Doak Walker Watch List

Sticky post

USC Afternoon Notes

USC provost Michael Quick, who is acting president since the departure of Max Nikias, said the university has created a sexual harassment task force comprised of faculty, staff and students. Quick said the task forced was formed as a response to a National Academics’ report on sexual harrassment in certain academic fields. Quick remains a controversial figure because some view him as too close to Nikias … Continue reading USC Afternoon Notes

Sticky post

USC Morning Buzz

Former USC health center gynecologist George Tyndall has hired prominent criminal defense attorney Leonard Levine as current and former students file sexual misconduct lawsuits stemming from examinations by Tyndall. Does Levine’s name sound familiar? He was hired by former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez in 2006 after Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. Prosecutors never filed charges. Like I have said before, there is always … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz

Sticky post

USC Recruits Win Club Title

Several USC recruits led the Compton Magic to an 87-83 victory over D1 Minnesota in the championship game of the Adidas Gauntlet Finale in Westchester, N.Y. Evan Mobley had 17 points, Onyeka Okongwu had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Isaiah Mobley had 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Another USC target, Johnny Juzang, had 17 points. Okongwu and Isaiah Mobley are already committed to … Continue reading USC Recruits Win Club Title

Sticky post

Mater Dei Beats St. John Bosco In Mission Viejo Tournament

Mater Dei defeated St. John Bosco, 23-6, this afternoon at the Mission Viejo Tournament. Mater Dei had five-star wide receiver Bru McCoy (pictured above, and a USC target) and four-star quarterback Bryce Young (a USC target). St. John Bosco had five-star cornerback (and USC commit) Chris Steele and five-star quarterback DJ Uiagalelei (USC target). If Mater Dei is winning comfortably without pads or linemen, the … Continue reading Mater Dei Beats St. John Bosco In Mission Viejo Tournament

Sticky post

Another Local Football Camp Includes Surprise Visitor

Former USC defensive end Malik Jackson held his own football camp at Birmingham High School today. And who made a surprise appearance? Lakers guard Lonzo Ball. In other news, former Cal wide receiver Demetris Robertson, a former five-star prospect and the No. 1 wide receiver in the class of 2016, is transferring to Georgia. That doesn’t make Justin Wilcox’s job easier. Continue reading Another Local Football Camp Includes Surprise Visitor

Sticky post

If It’s Friday, It’s Time For The Weekly Notes Column

Former USC linebacker Hayes Pullard holds his fourth annual football camp Saturday morning at 9 at Jackie Robinson Stadium at Rancho Cienega Park. Among the former USC players expected to attend are Robert Woods, Marqise Lee, Uchenna Nwosu, Xavier Grimble, T.J. McDonald, Marcus Martin, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Antwaun Woods, Randall Telfer and Chris Hawkins. USC’s latest commit, tight end Ethan Rae of Orange Lutheran, is the … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For The Weekly Notes Column

Sticky post

USC Morning Buzz: Former Players Protect No. 55

USC will not have a No. 55 this season. That is a good thing. It shows the standard is high and really no longer solely in the hands of the coaches. It is determined by the past No. 55’s like Willie McGinest and Chris Claiborne. Two years ago, Clay Helton gave No. 55 to Cameron Smith then withdrew after criticism from McGinest and Claiborne. McGinest … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Former Players Protect No. 55

Sticky post

USC Announces Freshmen Numbers

Every number at USC has a story. Time for the 2018 class to write the next chapter. #FightOn pic.twitter.com/AT6q3r1KhI — USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) July 12, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js   As usual, lots of single-digit numbers. And as I wrote a few weeks ago, no one will wear No. 55. It was expected linebacker Palaie Gaoteote would wear it but he opted for his high school number … Continue reading USC Announces Freshmen Numbers

Sticky post

USC Morning Buzz: What Should Quarterbacks Transfer?

Matt Fink looked sharp at yesterday’s player workout and will probably be the backup to JT Daniels when the season starts because of his experience edge over Jack Sears. So where does all this leave Sears? When should he transfer? Clay Helton told a source he did not think Sears would transfer. But how will Sears feel after he goes through a training camp where … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: What Should Quarterbacks Transfer?

Sticky post

USC Morning Buzz: Steve Sarksian Reaction

Even though Steve Sarkisian lost his arbitration case and received no money for USC, don’t feel too bad for him. He has a seven figure job with the Atlanta Falcons as offensive coordinator. He made several million at USC before being fired. He made several million when he was at Washington. Remember he put his house in Palos Verdes on the market for $9.5 million … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Steve Sarksian Reaction

Sticky post

Steve Sarkisian Loses Lawsuit Vs. USC

Former USC coach Steve Sarkisian was not awarded any money by an arbitrator in his wrongful termination lawsuit against the university, according to TMZ Sports. Sarkisian sought $30 million including his salary and damages. But an arbitrator ruled he was “not terminated on the basis of any disability” and “must bear sole responsibility for having actively concealed from USC his claimed disabilities.” Sarkisian had $12. … Continue reading Steve Sarkisian Loses Lawsuit Vs. USC

Sticky post

USC Morning Buzz: Is Pac-12 Officiating About To Get Worse?

Everyone loves to bash Pac-12 referees. But you won’t get to criticize perhaps the best-known official anymore: Land Clark is getting promoted to the NFL. I know what you are thinking: What???? Clark is one of seven referees who joined the NFL for the coming season. The others were Matt Edwards (Big Ten), Chad Hill (SEC), Anthony Jeffries (SEC), Tony Josselyn (SEC), Mark Stewart (Big 12) and Don Willard (Big Ten). Note the SEC had three officials … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Is Pac-12 Officiating About To Get Worse?

Sticky post

USC Saturday Buzz

Did you hear cornerback Chris Steele committed to USC? Steele officially committed Friday. Everyone knew he was going to pick USC for several weeks so it was no surprise. As a five-star cornerback, Steele won’t have much pressure on him to perform better than a couple recent five-star corners at USC: Iman Marshall and Jack Jones. USC also has two five-star corners who will be … Continue reading USC Saturday Buzz

Sticky post

USC Sprinter Michael Norman Wins Pro Debut

USC sprinter Michael Norman made his pro debut today in Paris and ran the 200 meters in a personal-best time of 19.84 seconds. He also ran into a -0.6 headwind. His USC teammate, Rai Benjamin, who also recently turned pro, ran a personal-best time of 19.99. Meanwhile, it appears USC track coach Caryl Smith-Gilbert has fired assistant coach Sheldon Blockburger, who handled the jumpers. Among … Continue reading USC Sprinter Michael Norman Wins Pro Debut

Sticky post

Defensive End Kayvon Thibodeaux Names Top 5 Schools

Oaks Christian defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, ranked one of the top five players in the nation by Rivals.com, named his top 5 schools tonight: USC, Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Oregon. Now for the jaw-dropping quote from Thibodeaux regarding USC, courtesy of 247Sports: “They really haven’t been recruiting me that hard but I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. I’m not sure if they think … Continue reading Defensive End Kayvon Thibodeaux Names Top 5 Schools

Sticky post

USC Recruiting Class Ranked No. 1 . . . In Basketball

It’s not unusual for USC to have the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in football but Rivals and 247Sports both currently rank the Trojans No. 1 in the nation for the Class of 2019. USC has commitments from shooting guard Drake London , forward Isaiah Mobley and forward Onyeka Okongwu (pictured). The nice part for Andy Enfield is that London doesn’t even cost him a scholarship … Continue reading USC Recruiting Class Ranked No. 1 . . . In Basketball

Sticky post

JT Daniels Does Not Throw At Practice Session

USC held a player-run practice Tuesday night at Howard Jones Field. Quarterback JT Daniels was present but did not throw. In the old days, whether a quarterback threw in a summer T-shirt and shorts practice was irrelevant. But since we are talking about the Golden Child, it is news. Jack Sears was not at the practice so only Matt Fink threw passes. Daniels’ father, Steve, … Continue reading JT Daniels Does Not Throw At Practice Session

Sticky post

USC Website War Is On

The Chris Steele commitment controversy has sparked a USC website war. With blood in the water, one immediately asked, “Are you unhappy with your current website?” Another offers five-weeks of unlimited access for free. It’s highly competitive and just takes something small to start a feeding frenzy. Don’t worry, this blog is free! Hey, it could be worse. This blog could be run by a … Continue reading USC Website War Is On

Sticky post

Has Any Recruit Ever Had An Unsuccessful Visit?

Five-star cornerback Chris Steele of St. John Bosco had a successful visit to USC this weekend. Has any recruit ever had an unsuccessful visit? Based on what I hear, Steele might not officially commit to USC until January. But he will probably unofficially commit much earlier than that. You know who else had great visits? Defensive tackle Siaki Ika of Salt Lake City; linebacker Laiatu Latu … Continue reading Has Any Recruit Ever Had An Unsuccessful Visit?

Sticky post

Robert Stock, Ex-USC Baseball Player, Makes Big-League Debut 10 Years Later

Robert Stock, who skipped his senior year of high school to enroll early at USC, finally played in a major-league baseball game today. Stock was drafted as a catcher by the St. Louis Cardinals 10 years ago but eventually switched to pitcher. He played with four different organizations and spent some time playing independent baseball. Stock, who plays for the Padres, pitched the 10th inning … Continue reading Robert Stock, Ex-USC Baseball Player, Makes Big-League Debut 10 Years Later

Sticky post

Thursday World Cup Talk

  Christian Eriksen’s strike put Denmark ahead but Austrailia got a controversial penalty to remain alive after the 1-1 draw. France eliminated Peru, 1-0, but still look less than the array of stars in the lineup. Meanwhile, Argentina and Croatia are currently tied, 0-0. Is this World Cup going to set a record for 1-0 results. UPDATED: Croatia is beating Argentina, 2-0. Finally a game … Continue reading Thursday World Cup Talk

Sticky post

USC Afternoon Notes: Rasheem Green Signs Contract

USC defensive end Rasheem Green signed a four-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks worth up to $3.372 million with a signing bonus of $684,417, according to OvertheCap.com. Does anyone know where Max Nikias is? He is on what looks like a two-month vacation while provost Michael Quick is the acting president at USC for the summer. Why does it matter? Because he has not officially stepped … Continue reading USC Afternoon Notes: Rasheem Green Signs Contract

Sticky post

USC Morning Buzz: Numbers Game

It was apparently news yesterday that JT Daniels will wear No. 18 next season. And Amon-Ra St. Brown will wear No. 8. These were the numbers they wore at Mater Dei. And I wrote on June 9 they would wear these numbers. So why was it “revealed” yesterday? More importantly, I wrote linebacker Palaie Gaoteote would wear No. 1 even though it was assumed he would … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Numbers Game

Sticky post

USC Women’s Golf Coach Andrea Gaston Goes To Texas A&M And Other Notes

Andrea Gaston, who won three NCAA titles and five individual champions, is going to Texas A&M, according to the Golf Channel. Here’s why I am interested: Will USC go hire a proven, successful winner or go cheap to replace Gaston? Look at recent hires in women’s sports: The women’s tennis coach came from Division III Williams College. The women’s basketball coach came from New Mexico … Continue reading USC Women’s Golf Coach Andrea Gaston Goes To Texas A&M And Other Notes

Sticky post

USC Tweet Of The Day

After 15 years, it appears our SC tailgating is over. Despite our pleas, @USC_Athletics has put us in a parking structure with no tailgating for 2018. Thousands of dollars spent on both our custom VW and GMC’s for USC games and this is how it ends. Pretty depressing. Fight On pic.twitter.com/1QWAl7NMBO — Paul Nankivell (@nankivell) June 19, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Continue reading USC Tweet Of The Day

USC Picture Of The Day

Here’s a beautiful color photo of the 1974 USC-Pittsburgh game. It features Pitt’s Tony Dorsett, one of the greatest tailbacks in football history. The USC players are nose guard Larry Nunnally (93), linebacker Mario Celotto and either defensive tackle Art Riley (70) or defensive tackle Gary Jeter (79). The Trojans were ranked No. 18. Pitt was No. 8. USC won, 16-7, even though QB Pat Haden … Continue reading USC Picture Of The Day