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USC Morning Buzz: Sleepy Start To Competing For Championship

Way back about eight days ago, Mike Bohn made the following statement: “Heading into 2020, Coach Helton and I will work together to take a hard look at all aspects of the football enterprise and will make the tough decisions necessary to compete at a championship level.” That could mean anything. But after everything that happened, you might think USC would approach the Holiday Bowl … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Sleepy Start To Competing For Championship

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USC Bowl Practice Schedule Is Light

Like I said a couple days ago, USC will start bowl practices Friday. Because the Trojans waited so long to get started they only have 11 practices. And Clay Helton will go 24 days without speaking to the media because he won’t actually have a press conference until Tuesday. This is frankly, more of the same, and Mike Bohn should be ashamed at how nothing’s … Continue reading USC Bowl Practice Schedule Is Light

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Mike Bohn Kept Clay Helton But Others May Be Going

I told you this morning Mike Bohn was hiring a friend from Cincinnati to help him. It’s Brandon Sosna, who was senior associate athletic director and chief revenue officer. That sounds a lot like the duties of Steve Lopes, who has been at USC since 1984. There is no word yet on anyone leaving the athletic dept. but it wouldn’t be a surprise if this … Continue reading Mike Bohn Kept Clay Helton But Others May Be Going

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Do You Matter? Does USC Care?

Carol Folt and Mike Bohn haven’t exactly had a high profile since the Clay Helton announcement. Last week, USC had a Christmas party for some employees at Dignity Sports Park in Carson and Folt did not attend. Bohn’s done some media but avoided any public settings. One donor wondered today if USC will hold a recruiting dinner in February. What are the odds the Salute … Continue reading Do You Matter? Does USC Care?

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Several Ex-USC Coaches Win Honors

Some former USC coaches are getting honors while the current one keeps holding the program hostage. LSU coach Ed Orgeron was named Home Depot College Football Coach of the Year. Tyson Helton was named Conference USA Coach of the Year. The Hilltoppers went 8-4 record in his debut season after going 3-9 last year. Do you think Clay Helton could have pulled this off? Remember … Continue reading Several Ex-USC Coaches Win Honors

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USC Morning Buzz: Mike Bohn Needs Help

It’s now a week since Mike Bohn kept Clay Helton and I don’t notice much difference in the anger level of the fans. Bohn hasn’t written a tweet since the announcement. He knows better. Bohn hasn’t even done one of his man-on-the-street tweets where he takes a picture with a university employee. He is beleaguered and angry. I hear before the Helton announcement, Bohn decided … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Mike Bohn Needs Help

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Dave Aranda To UNLV?

LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is talking to UNLV abot its vacant job, according to multiple reports. The reasons are supposedly that Aranda wants to be a head coach and would be near his native Redlands. I previously wrote about how Clay Helton ignored Aranda for Clancy Pendergast despite the local connection. More importantly, did Mike Bohn ever reach out to Aranda for the USC … Continue reading Dave Aranda To UNLV?

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Carol Folt Wants A Coach She Can Control

I’m told the main reason Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer fell short as USC coaching candidates is because Carol Folt wanted a football coach she could control. There was no doubt she would retain complete control if Clay Helton were hired. Maybe a bigger mystery is why Mike Bohn ever took the job if he wasn’t able to hire someone he wanted? Continue reading Carol Folt Wants A Coach She Can Control

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When Do USC Bowl Practices Start?

There’s been some consternation that Iowa’s already held several bowl practices and USC’s not held an official practice since the UCLA game. There was a player-run 7-on-7 practice Monday at Howard Jones Field. USC is supposed to have its first official bowl practice Friday. It might squeeze in 12-13 practices before the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27. I’m glad I don’t get the Pac-12 Network … Continue reading When Do USC Bowl Practices Start?

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USC Morning Buzz: Now This Is Quite A Rumor

The rumor going around Heritage Hall on Monday was that athletic director Mike Bohn might resign. Say what?!?!? According to sources, Bohn feels betrayed by USC president Carol Folt because he merely followed orders in keeping Clay Helton but was taking the brunt of the criticism from the fans. Bohn went from hero to zero in less than a month. Now it could be that … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Now This Is Quite A Rumor

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USC Adds A Three-Star Lineman

Courtland Ford, a three-star offensive lineman from Cedar Hill, Texas, committed to USC. I told you Clay Helton was dropping recruits and this is one of the reasons why. Ford is still a three-star, however, so if Mike Bohn wants to crow about this, he can remember he is not at Cincinnati or Colorado anymore. This is going to be the most-spinned recruiting class ever … Continue reading USC Adds A Three-Star Lineman

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Urban Meyer Sounds Like He Wanted USC Job

Urban Meyer sure sounded today like he would take the USC job. Colin Cowherd offered one of his weird theories that there are not many great jobs but a lot of glamour jobs. “I think USC is not a glamour job, I think that’s an elite, elite job,” Meyer said. “Why? Within two hours of your campus you’ve got the best players in America. Or … Continue reading Urban Meyer Sounds Like He Wanted USC Job

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USC's Idea About Winning Might Be Different Than Yours

There is a pattern emerging in the athletic dept. Joyce Bell has been promoted to replace Donna Heinel as Senior Associate Athletic Director. Heinel is facing many charges in the College Admissions Scandal. Bell’s background at USC was originally in compliance. The new deputy athletic director, Paul Perrier, was a long-time compliance employee. The interim athletic director, Dave Roberts, who is now a special assistant … Continue reading USC's Idea About Winning Might Be Different Than Yours

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The Fans Must Continue To Protest

I see a few people are trying to tell those unhappy with Clay Helton to “get with the program” and support USC again. What they don’t realize is that there needs be a certain level of intolerance when it comes to USC. A standard. Otherwise, you allow poor coaches (Helton) or poor administrators (Lynn Swann) to simply exist with no repercussion. Mike Bohn and Carol … Continue reading The Fans Must Continue To Protest

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USC Morning Buzz: Is The Man Of Integrity Dropping Recruits?

Defensive end Kyle Juergens of St. Margaret’s High School decommitted from USC on Sunday night. Juergens, a three-star recruit who was expected to become an offensive guard in college, joins offensive lineman Joey Wright, who decommitted last week. It sure looks like Clay Helton is dropping verbally committed prospects so he can sign someone else. Helton does this year every year quite regularly. I wonder … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Is The Man Of Integrity Dropping Recruits?

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It's Official: USC In Holiday Bowl Again And Again And Again

USC has accepted a bid to play Iowa in the Holiday Bowl. It will be USC’s third Holiday Bowl in the past six years. USC did not deserve to go to the Alamo Bowl but how many times should it be playing in the Holiday Bowl? Maybe this was a good year to decline a bowl bid. A decrepit stadium on a cold December night … Continue reading It's Official: USC In Holiday Bowl Again And Again And Again

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Morning Buzz: It's Bowling Season And USC Fans Aren't Having It

USC should find out its bowl fate around 1-2 p.m. (PT) today. It looks like the Trojans will face Iowa in the Holiday Bowl. I know Iowa travels extremely well. USC has a good reputation for traveling to bowl games but this is a different animal this year. I’ve already had fans tell me they won’t go to the game and they hope USC loses … Continue reading Morning Buzz: It's Bowling Season And USC Fans Aren't Having It

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How Many Times Did Your Head Explode This Week?

Orgeron, John Robinson, and Marcus Allen… all on the LSU sidelines. My head just exploded. #fighton — janewells (@janewells) December 8, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js My head actually exploded Wednesday. I’m sure Marcus Allen will be on the sideline at the Holiday Bowl. Florida State is hiring Memphis coach Mike Norvell. Maybe Memphis can make a run at Clay Helton. At least Florida State took care of … Continue reading How Many Times Did Your Head Explode This Week?

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USC Afternoon Notes: Beware Spin

Why does Mike Bohn sometimes look like he is in a hostage video when talking about Clay Helton? Almost as though Helton has something on him. The Alamo Bowl said it is still considering USC. Do they realize USC fans will not travel to San Antonio to support Helton? If you see John Robinson on TV today, just remember he was fired by USC last … Continue reading USC Afternoon Notes: Beware Spin

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Morning Buzz: Was Moment Too Big For USC Administration?

A former USC coach sent me this text: “When you think about it, the president (Carol Folt) has zero football experience and (Mike) Bohn has never been anywhere where football was great. So how do they really know what to do at an elite football school?” The problem now is will they know anything more in a year? In non-USC news, here is my story … Continue reading Morning Buzz: Was Moment Too Big For USC Administration?

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Mike Bohn Keeps Pushing Recruiting

USC athletic director Mike Bohn did an interview with the campus TV station today and made a pretty amazing statement: “We also picked up four commitments that haven’t been announced yet . . . in the last four or five days and so I’m inspired by that.” Since when does an A.D. mention commitments? I’m not even sure NCAA rules allow him to mention silent … Continue reading Mike Bohn Keeps Pushing Recruiting

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Mike Bohn Might Regret Constantly Saying "Integrity"

Are you tired of how Mike Bohn is always using the word “integrity” when he talks about Clay Helton? Well, what is Bohn going to say about Andy Enfield? The basketball program is reportedly under NCAA investigation. It faced an FBI investigation that saw Tony Bland who took a plea deal and was fired by USC. Is Bohn going to use “integrity” as his benchmark … Continue reading Mike Bohn Might Regret Constantly Saying "Integrity"

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Recruiting Is Going Dramatically Better: Offensive Lineman Decommits

Remember this Mike Bohn quote Tuesday: Recruiting is going dramatically better than anybody wants to admit.” Joey Wright, a three-star offensive lineman from Reno, decommitted this morning. It’s possible USC dropped him and I predicted some of these offensive line commits would never show up. But Clay Helton took his commitment! So he gets to own the “more bad news” look from this decommitment. Especially … Continue reading Recruiting Is Going Dramatically Better: Offensive Lineman Decommits

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Morning Buzz: USC Wanted New Coach But Wasn't Committed To Do It

I will be on with Keyshawn Johnson around 9:15 a.m. on 710-AM. That should be interesting. Now, I want to kind of tie everything together because Mike Bohn cannot be honest about anything this week and thinks he is at Cincinnati. Bohn was looking for another coach. He definitely spoke to Bob Stoops and eiher spoke to or put out feelers to Urban Meyer. Now … Continue reading Morning Buzz: USC Wanted New Coach But Wasn't Committed To Do It

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USC Athletic Dept. Feeling Heat?

I hear USC athletic director Mike Bohn is planning to hold small round-table discussions with members of donor groups in the near future. Sounds like a response to donations being cut by angry fans. Keep it up! Many of you already know the Trojan Athletic Fund website was shut down this week for a very coincidental “data transition.” That just happened to mean you couldn’t … Continue reading USC Athletic Dept. Feeling Heat?

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Of Course JT Daniels Is Coming Back To USC

Why are people asking JT Daniels (or his father) if he will return to USC next season? No player at USC is happier than Daniels over the return of his bodyguard, Clay Helton. He had complete control over the starting QB position as long as his protector was coaching the team. The time to ask Daniels if he will transfer is after Kedon Slovis starts … Continue reading Of Course JT Daniels Is Coming Back To USC

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Graham Harrell Update

I’m told USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell really wants the Texas offensive coordinator position. I’m also told that he has not been contacted by UNLV about their vacant head-coaching position. And below is where I said a mannequin would do a better job than Clay Helton. Scott Wolf (@InsideUSC) says a mannequin would've been a better option for USC than retaining Clay Helton as head … Continue reading Graham Harrell Update

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Carol Folt Takes Credit For Helton Decision

Sources tell me USC president Carol Folt was in meetings on campus yesterday making it clear she took part in the decision to retain Clay Helton and fully supported it. She even volunteered to talk about it in one meeting yesterday, she was so comfortable with the decision. It’s disappointing to hear Folt, who has been a positive presence at USC, gave Mike Bohn her … Continue reading Carol Folt Takes Credit For Helton Decision

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Here's An Amazing Mike Bohn Quote

I recommend listening to this radio appearance below I did with Sarah Spain, not for me but for the Mike Bohn comment played by the show. “I think it’s important to recognizethere was not unanimous support to make a change from our base and supporters. I think we have a lot of support.” Thanks to @InsideUSC for joining @SarahSpain and @jordancornette to discuss #USC keeping … Continue reading Here's An Amazing Mike Bohn Quote

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USC Morning Buzz: Clay Helton Decision Met With Cheers

Not everyone was upset with Mike Bohn’s blunder Wednesday. I hear the Arizona State coaching staff celebrated when they heard the news Clay Helton would return next season. I bet there were similar reactions at 10 other Pac-12 schools too. So when Bohn says not everyone wanted Helton fired, he is right. The other Pac-12 schools are prayed for his return. Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Clay Helton Decision Met With Cheers

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USC Struck Out With Bob Stoops

You can choose to believe Mike Bohn when he said he never spoke to other coaches, but even inside the McKay Center, the hot topic was former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Sources said USC spoke to Stoops but things broke down over how much money his coaching staff would be paid. If you’re going to hire Stoops, you don’t argue about coaches’ salaries. He is … Continue reading USC Struck Out With Bob Stoops

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Mike Bohn Also Thinks You're An Idiot

Look at this Mike Bohn quote: “Clay Helton deserves to have the right to continue to lead this program. He’s got the full grasp of his team. Recruiting is going dramatically better than anybody wants to admit.” Recruiting is going dramatically better? Where? When? How? Someone ship this guy back to Cincinnati, where being ranked No. 70 in recruiting is OK. How long can these … Continue reading Mike Bohn Also Thinks You're An Idiot

Another Ex-USC Player's Son Commits To Stanford

Lance Keneley, a defensive end from Mission Viejo, committed to Stanford. He is the son of former USC defensive tackle Matt Keneley and former USC volleyball player Antoinette Lindemann. USC did not offer Keneley a scholarship. Earlier this year, Ayden Hector, a four-star cornerback from Sammamish, Wash., committed to Stanford. Hector is the son of former USC defensive back Zuri Hector, who played from 1989-92. Stanford … Continue reading Another Ex-USC Player's Son Commits To Stanford