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USC Teetering On NCAA Bubble

ESPN analyst Joe Lundardi now has USC as one of his final two teams to make the NCAA Tournament. Thursday’s game vs. Arizona should be interesting as Nick Rakocevic and Jonah Mathews are battling the flu. USC’s NET ranking is still 47th. By contrast, UCLA is 76th. But obviously things can change this week. USC offered a scholarship to wide receiver De’Coldest Crawford of Shreveport, La. … Continue reading USC Teetering On NCAA Bubble

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A Half-Empty Coliseum Is Not A Sign USC Fans Are Interested

Mike Bohn talks about “intensity of interest” with the fans. The word apathy gets thrown around by some and they say at least USC fans care. USC fans do care. But more and more are willing to care from home instead of the Coliseum. If you look at the dreadful attendance figures the past 2 seasons how do you make the argument that at least … Continue reading A Half-Empty Coliseum Is Not A Sign USC Fans Are Interested

Hot Pockets Heiress Gets 5-Month Prison Sentence

Michelle Janavs, the Hot Pockets heiress, was sentenced to five months in jail today for her role in the Varsity Blues scandal. Janavs admitted paying Rick Singer $100,000 to have a proctor correct her daughters’ ACT exam answers. She also agreed to pay $200,000 to have one of her daughters labeled as a fake beach volleyball recruit at USC. Continue reading Hot Pockets Heiress Gets 5-Month Prison Sentence

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Mike Bohn On Clay Helton

USC athletic director Mike Bohn is doing more media and he addressed the expectations for Clay Helton in an interview with the Athletic.  “We just talked about our mutual commitment to obviously meet the expectations of our fans and our expectations of our rich history, the expectations of our former players,” Bohn said. “All the constituents who are important. And together we’re going to work … Continue reading Mike Bohn On Clay Helton

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Morning Buzz: USC Wants To Take Back The West . . . And Texas

It’s clear the one thing that matters around USC football these days is recruiting. Donte Williams is probably being treated/hyped as much as any coach since Kliff Kingsbury. It feels like Williams is offering everyone USC has a passing interest in. Then you have the high-energy, military-schtick of Todd Orlando and Craig Naivar, that will probably win over some less-discerning recruits. But where does Graham … Continue reading Morning Buzz: USC Wants To Take Back The West . . . And Texas

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Donte Williams On Rebuilding USC

USC assistant coach Donte Williams was on the “Trojans Live” radio show tonight. It wasn’t too revealing but here is an excerpt: “It’s not the facilities, it’s the people in the building, the past alumni that have been here and the future guys that are coming. Once we can bridge the past and present together, with the people that’s already here, everything here is going … Continue reading Donte Williams On Rebuilding USC

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USC Afternoon Notes: Are You Won Over By Offseason Changes?

I think it’s say to say many of the USC fan sites have already been won over by the offseason changes. Six new assistant coaches and a graphics designer but some other support staff hires did the trick. Of course, most of the fan sites were won over by the changes made last offseason too. It’s a natural response to be supportive when you are … Continue reading USC Afternoon Notes: Are You Won Over By Offseason Changes?

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USC Free Tuition Plan "Brilliant PR Stunt"

I’ve been waiting to hear an expert opinion weigh in on USC’s plan to offer free tuition for families with income of $80,000 or less. “It’s a brilliant PR stunt on their side,” Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University, told Yahoo Money. Excerpt; “The tuition for attending USC is roughly $58,000 and living costs are approximately $18,000 for … Continue reading USC Free Tuition Plan "Brilliant PR Stunt"

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USC Morning Buzz: The Cost Of Being A Donor

With the USC season-ticket deadline on March 6, it’s also worth remembering that your the quality of your seats are determined by how much you donate. Here are the current groups USC lists as part of the Trojan Athletic Fund. It must be a bitter pill to swallow paying another $10,000-$30,000 per year with Clay Helton in command. Scholarship Club: $30,000 per year The Committee: … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: The Cost Of Being A Donor

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Too Many Believe Power is Always Right At USC

It was a great move by Mike Bohn to bite the bullet and cancel the UC Davis game. What’s funny is the people who work in the athletic dept. and back last summer defended the move by saying UC Davis is better than teams USC would have played, like San Jose State. But now, when USC drops the game, they are saying, “We needed to … Continue reading Too Many Believe Power is Always Right At USC

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USC-Alabama Doesn't Create Much Buzz

In a different decade, USC-Alabama would be a game that dominated the college football landscape. But ESPN did not even bother to list it among its “games of interest” this season. Even Oregon-North Dakota State made the cut. But who can blame ESPN? I’ve yet to come across a USC fan who thinks the Trojans have a chance to beat the Crimson Tide. I met … Continue reading USC-Alabama Doesn't Create Much Buzz

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Morning Buzz: Does Today's USC-Utah Game Matter?

ESPN bracket guru Joe Lunardi has USC as one of his last four teams to make the NCAA Tournament. But he has some good news for the Trojans: Lunardi said USC won’t fall out of the NCAA Tournament if it loses to Utah today in Salt Lake City. Lunardi currently has UCLA as one of his first four teams out of the tournament. Today’s USC-UCLA … Continue reading Morning Buzz: Does Today's USC-Utah Game Matter?

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Afternoon Notes: Pressure Increases On USC Basketball

UCLA just upset No. 18-ranked Colorado, 70-63. USC is now 1.5 games behind the Bruins in the Pac-12 standings. I’m sure Mike Bohn is not surprised about Mick Cronin being a good coach since they worked together at Cincinnati. And I’m sure Bohn was unhappy to lose him. USC now probably needs to beat Arizona on Thursday or beat Utah, Arizona State and UCLA to … Continue reading Afternoon Notes: Pressure Increases On USC Basketball

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Saturday Buzz: USC Gets Creative To Sell Tickets

USC is getting creative in its attempts to spur ticket sales. The 18 tickets for $300 sounds pretty good. Oops, 10 are for basketball! The fact no games are excluded shows there simply is no longer any game on the schedule considered a must-see for the fans. This what happens when people lose interest. But at least it’s a different idea. USC has offered a … Continue reading Saturday Buzz: USC Gets Creative To Sell Tickets

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Another USC Tradition Dies

I hear the USC ticket office is getting kicked out of the Student Union building, where it has resided since at least the 1930’s. It’s new location might be off campus. For anyone who attended USC, the ticket office was a Student Union tradition, first on the second floor before moving to the ground floor. And if you go way back, the ticket manager John … Continue reading Another USC Tradition Dies

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Former USC Pitcher Orrin Freeman Dies

Orrin Freeman, a USC pitcher in 1970-71 and USC baseball assistant coach, died following complications from diabetes, according to reports. Freeman was the head coach at San Francisco State from 1979-82 and had a record of 130-78-3. He is probably best known for many years with the Florida Marllins, where he was assistant scouting director; scouting director; special assistant to the GM and senior advisor … Continue reading Former USC Pitcher Orrin Freeman Dies

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Graham Harrell Reportedly Candidate At Colorado

USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell might be a candidate at Colorado, according to the Athletic. Why not? Colorado is desperate for a coach. Apparently they are not hiring Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, who has had three 10-win seasons since 2014. Does Harrell think he is the head-coach-in-waiting at USC since Dave Aranda apparently turned down the title? How much consternation would there be at … Continue reading Graham Harrell Reportedly Candidate At Colorado

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

Clay Helton did not have a press conference on Signing Day earlier this month, the first time USC has skipped one in probably 40-50 years. But we now know Helton underwent three hours of oral surgery that day, according to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, who interviewed him that night. With that mind, give Helton credit. He looked pretty chipper on the Pac-12 Network’s Signing … Continue reading If It's Friday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column

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Colorado Edges USC

Despite leading by 14 points in the first half, USC lost to Colorado in Boulder tonight. You will be shocked to know in the final few possessions, Elijah Weaver took an ill-advised 2-point perimeter shot and Daniel Utomi traveled trying to set up for a potentially game-tying 3-pointer with 18 seconds left. Falling apart on offense in the final minute in close games is an … Continue reading Colorado Edges USC

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USC Hires A Women's Volleyball Coach

USC has hired a women’s volleyball coach and if you thought things might be different under Mike Bohn, think again. Brad Keller, who was associate head coach at UCLA, will be the new women’s volleyball coach. So no big-name hire, which continues the trend under Lynn Swann and Keller definitely will not command a huge salary. Being affordable or a former USC assistant was the … Continue reading USC Hires A Women's Volleyball Coach

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ESPN FPI Likes USC To Win Pac-12

ESPN has released its first “Football Power Index” rankings of 2020 and USC is No. 13, the highest-rated Pac-12 team. Oregon is right behind the Trojans at No. 14. The FPI ratings are “a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season.” Does anyone these predictions? Last year, ESPN … Continue reading ESPN FPI Likes USC To Win Pac-12

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USC Morning Buzz: Presidents' Day News

If you saw reports Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Beilein might resign and hope he might come to USC, think again. Andy Enfield has three more years left on his contract at $3.2 million per year. And USC does not want to pay Beilein what he would command on the open market. Class of 2021 quarterback Jake Garcia, who is committed to USC, was offered a … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Presidents' Day News

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USC Basketball Fans Under Fire For Behavior

Former USC guard Minyon Moore, who was a graduate transfer to Oregon, returned to the Galen Center with the No. 3-ranked Ducks today. But it sounds like things turned ugly during the game as Moore was reportedly called “traitor” by USC fans when she shot free throws. Oregon coach Kelly Graves called it “classless” and gave his thoughts about the situation after the game. “For … Continue reading USC Basketball Fans Under Fire For Behavior

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It's A Great Weekend To Retweet!

Mike Bohn, the USC retweeter in chief, has a lot to be happy about this weekend. He retweeted men’s basketball, lacrosse, women’s water and men’s tennis victories. Plus baseball won 2 of 3 vs. Western Michigan. Women’s basketball lost to No. 3-ranked Oregon, 93-67. But the crowd of more than 2,000 was respectable. Bohn has not composed a tweet since Dec. 4, when he announced … Continue reading It's A Great Weekend To Retweet!

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USC Sunday Buzz: Marcus Allen Returning To . . . LSU

Marcus Allen will be the headline speaker at the . . . LSU coaches’ clinic on March 12-13. Who else? John Robinson. And new defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, who is a Pete Carroll disciple. I can’t really blame Allen. Would you rather spend time with Clay Helton or Ed Orgeron? Case closed. The USC women’s basketball team hosts No. 3-ranked Oregon at the Galen Center … Continue reading USC Sunday Buzz: Marcus Allen Returning To . . . LSU

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Mike Bohn Spoke To Some USC Legends

Mike Bohn did a hometown interview and talked about how USC legends talked about te importanceo of competing in practice. “When you talk to Ronnie Lott and you talk to Marcus Allen here (at USC), they talk about how on different sides of the ball they were constantly challenging each other, and it raised both of their games. I think that’s obviously what I believe … Continue reading Mike Bohn Spoke To Some USC Legends

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Clay Helton's Fuzzy Memory

Clay Helton is supposed to be a nice guy/poor coach. But not everyone agrees with the nice guy part. Someone who worked with Helton for several years in Heritage Hall saw him at a USC basketball game. They said hello, because it seemed like the right thing to do. “I don’t remember you,” Helton said. When he was reminded that they worked together for several … Continue reading Clay Helton's Fuzzy Memory

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USC Saturday Buzz: How Long Will Kedon Slovis Last Next Season?

With Mo Hasan walking-on as a grad transfer, I guess it’s a good time to talk about the over/under on how long a QB lasts at USC with no injuries. Kedon Slovis got knocked out of two games (Utah, Iowa) and left two other games (Arizona State, UCLA). JT Daniels is even more brittle in my opinion because Slovis took more hits than Daniels did … Continue reading USC Saturday Buzz: How Long Will Kedon Slovis Last Next Season?

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History Repeats Itself At USC

When Jeff Cravath was forced to resign as USC football coach in 1950, there was a lot of speculation he would be replaced by Paul Brown, coach of the NFL champion Cleveland Browns. He was a co-founder of the Browns and the team was named after him. It would have been a huge hire. Brown had even coached at Ohio State from 1941-43 (Sound familiar?). … Continue reading History Repeats Itself At USC

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USC Lands Grad Transfer QB

Mo Hasan, who started one game at Vanderbilt last season, announced he is transferring to USC. Hasan completed 7 of 11 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in Vanderbilt’s upset of then-No. 21-ranked Missouri last season. He suffered a concussion in the third quarter and didn’t play in Vanderbilt’s final five games. He’s an insurance policy for USC given the injury history of its … Continue reading USC Lands Grad Transfer QB

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Former Texas Player Criticizes Todd Orlando

USC defensive coordinator Todd Orlando has been highly praised since he was hired but one of his former players is not thrilled with his schemes. Defensive lineman Malcolm Roach said the Longhorns’ 3-3-5 formation under Orlando last season limited the linemen because it focused on blitzes from the linebackers and safeties. Roach was happy Texas is switching to a 4-3 next season. “I would have … Continue reading Former Texas Player Criticizes Todd Orlando

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

Velltray Jefferson, a three-star wide receiver from Edison High School in Fresno, decommitted from USC on Thursday night. He hasn’t exactly been inundated with offers since he originally committed to USC so maybe he got dropped. Perhaps superhuman assistant coach Donte Williams, creator of recruiting, made the call. But Jefferson is 6-foot-4 and USC loves wide receivers, so maybe he just decided to look elsewhere. … Continue reading If It's Friday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column

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Looks Like $150 Doesn't Go As Far As It Used To

The fact USC is charging $150 a ticket for its “spring preview” and welcoming of the “recruiting class to the Trojan Family” came with a kicker. You don’t even get a meal for your $150. USC will serve “hors d’oeuvres.” You have to drive to the Coliseum, put up with listening to Clay Helton and staff and you don’t even get real food? How many … Continue reading Looks Like $150 Doesn't Go As Far As It Used To

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When USC Offensive Coaches Applaud Donte Williams They Indict Themselves

It is universally agreed new assistant coach Donte Williams will improve recruiting. That is why he was hired. But if he gets some offensive players to commit, what exactly have Graham Harrell, Mike Jinks, Tim Drevno and Keary Colbert been doing the past year? Harrell couldn’t even land a two-star QB this year. Jinks did not sign any tailbacks. Drevno signed a collection of linemen … Continue reading When USC Offensive Coaches Applaud Donte Williams They Indict Themselves

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No USC Press Conference Or Recruiting Dinner On Signing Day

Clay Helton is like a wrecking ball for the USC football program. He is not doing a Signing Day press conference. I can’t ever remember that happening before. There is no recruiting dinner tonight. Helton will be on “Trojans Live” tonight at 6 p.m. When you sign one player today, apparently no need for a press conference. There is probably more need to answer some … Continue reading No USC Press Conference Or Recruiting Dinner On Signing Day