More early lines for USC, this time from BetOnline: The Trojans are 6-point favorites over UCLA. USC is also a 1.5-point favorite over Oregon. USC is a 7.5-point underdog to Washington. Meanwhile, former USC long snapper Jake Olson raised $48,000 this morning with 17 reps on the bench press to raise funds to fight retinoblastoma, which took his eyesight. Continue reading USC Is 6-Point Favorite Over UCLA
Let’s review this passage from the federal documents into the college admissions scandal, which could indicate someone else besides Donna Heinel might have known something strange was going on. The key phrase here is “The coach also e-mailed a member of the USC athletic department.” Who was that member? It might be Heinel. But it might have been someone else. It might be something that … Continue reading An Interesting Plot Point In Admissions Scandal
USC is an 11.5-point underdog to Notre Dame, according to OddsShark, which has put early lines on a couple games. On the other hand, USC is a 4-point favorite over Stanford. Continue reading USC Double-Digit Underdog To Notre Dame
Finally, football practice returns today. Meanwhile, USC placed a hold on the accounts of all enrolled students connected to the college admissions scandal. That means the students cannot register for classes or receive their transcripts. The hold on transcripts would prevent the students from transferring. The university said it would take “proper action” after reviewing each case including potentially expelling students. USC said it has … Continue reading Morning Buzz: USC Finally Takes Steps Against Scandal Students
I’m hearing rumors the Board of Trustees voted to hire a new president and they are sitting tight with the announcement. Hmmm. Will it be an academic like Northwestern president Morton Schapiro or a corporate CEO type like Bob Iger of Disney? Continue reading Has USC Hired A President?
What great timing! USC announced today it would raise tuition 3.5 percent next year from $55,320 to $57,256, a 3.5 percent increase. The increase was approved by the Board of Trustees, of course. USC spins this by saying, “The increase is one of the lowest in five decades.” Maybe they wanted to announce it before the next scandal breaks. The Board of Trustees probably feels … Continue reading USC Raises Tuition 3.5 Percent
Back in January, Caesar’s Palace listed USC’s national title odds were 50-1. But today, SuperBookUSA has USC listed at 100-1. That sounds more like it. Here are rest of the odds: Clemson 2-1 Alabama 5-2 Georgia, Ohio State 8-1 Michigan, Oklahoma 14-1 Texas 25-1 LSU, Notre Dame, Washington 30-1 Florida, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas A&M 40-1 Auburn 60-1 Wisconsin 80-1 Florida Staet, Iowa, Miami, Mississippi State, … Continue reading USC Must Be Making Oddsmakers Nervous
Since Lynn Swann is finally under the microscope, here’s another story of how he acts. I heard a USC donor approached him recently about the state of the baseball program and Swann did not want to listen and then became argumentative. This is consistent with many other stories I’ve heard about Swann not wanting to interact or respect others. Continue reading Bad Athletic Directing 101
I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from radio interview with Softy Mahler last week. A USC donor even called me to day I made his weekend when he heard it. That’s what it takes these days to make a USC fan’s weekend: Point out how incompetent and ridiculous Lynn Swann is as athletic director. What else is there to celebrate? Making the NCAA Tournament? Continue reading How Do You Make A USC Fan’s Weekend?
No surprise really but USC is left out of the NIT. This puts an exclamation point on a season that was disappointing. There have been many disappointing moments. Two NCAA victories in six years. Two NCAA appearances. But next year’s recruiting class is ranked No. 2. What happens if that team underachieves? USC did not make the CBI or CIT either? Maybe it can play … Continue reading USC Does Not Make NIT
We hear Donna Heinel‘s told people she is “not guilty” of the charges against her in the college admissions scandal. Now would expect anything different? It will be interesting to see what defense Heinel mounts. It will also be interesting to see if she implicates anyone else at USC. I haven’t heard yet what Jovan Vavic is saying to people. I’m sure some of his defense … Continue reading USC Sunday Buzz: Who Else Knew?
Don Barrett of LARadio.com reports USC’s radio deal with 710-AM (KSPN) is over and the Trojans could be moving to KABC-AM (790). Depending on whether you can get good reception for 790-AM, this might be a good move for fans because basketball games are often bumped for Lakers games. KABC no longer has the L.A. Kings, so that should not be an issue. They could … Continue reading USC Radio On The Move?
A USC coach told me an interesting story: An athlete he recruited as a walk-on with good grades was presented to Donna Heinel. The coach said Heinel told him the athlete’s test score was too low. About 12 hours later, the athlete went over to Westwood and was immediately accepted by UCLA. The coach is now fairly certain he lost a walk-on so that a … Continue reading A College Admissions Scam Story
Lynn Swann finally spoke about the college admissions scandal and it was as delusional as when he discusses Clay Helton and USC football. “I think everybody was blindsided by this,” Swann told the Los Angeles Times. “Everyone was completely shocked, caught off guard and taken by surprise.” Especially the out-of-touch athletic director who ceded day-to-day duties from Day 1 to his subordinates. The worst part … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Lynn Swann Says He Will Not Resign
I spoke to a USC coach and asked them to go back and see how many athletes were denied admission by Donna Heinel? The coach said 8-10 athletes were denied by Heinel through last year and that at least three might have been denied to open spots for those admitted under the scam run by William “Rick” Singer and Heinel. That can really affect certain … Continue reading How Many Legit Athletes Never Got Into USC?
If you listened to my interview with Softy Mahler, I said Lynn Swann does not sign autographs. Here is an encounter from a USC booster who attended the 2013 Rose Bowl luncheon where Swann was inducted into the hall of fame. “I approached Swann and respectfully requested him to sign a picture since he is in it. So he barely acknowledges me and in a … Continue reading No Autographs, Please
I’m starting things a little different today. Here’s my radio interview with Dave “Softy” Mahler from KJR-950 in Seattle. You need to listen to the part where you can hear Softy ask me, “Do you think Lynn Swann would ever just step down or does he just have no soul at all? And he just feels like, you know what, they’re paying me, nobody’s watching … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column
TMZ with another scoop: Olivia and 20-year-old Isabella Giannulli have decided not to return to USC for fear of bullying. They are the daughters of actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and the most prominent figures in the case. “Our sources say the family feels certain, if the girls went back to USC, they would be “viciously bullied.” So, the decision has been made.” How will the … Continue reading Report: Lori Loughlin’s Daughters Not Returning To USC
And USC is out of the Pac-12 Tournament. Jonah Mathews, Kevin Porter and Nick Rakocevic each scored 17 points and Bennie Boatwright added 16 in a losing effort. On the bright side, USC made 10 of 12 free throws. Now the question is whether USC, with a 16-17 record, can sneak into the NIT? Thanks, Enfield! Here is Andy Enfield after the game: “This is … Continue reading Washington 78, USC 75
If Lynn Swann is notoriously not involved in day-to-day operations, were there other employees who had a suspicion something might be going on? The court documents revealed an admissions official asked Donna Heinel why one of the students was not on a team? Heinel said the student was injured. USC women’s soccer coach Keidane McAlpine asked who a female student was that was allegedly on … Continue reading Was Anyone Suspicious Of Donna Heinel’s Activities?
Former USC linebacker Riki Ellison posted on Facebook that he attended a reception in Washington, D.C., with interim president Wanda Austin and claimed she said the following about Clay Helton. “He’s not drinking, doing drugs, or sleeping around….he’s won a Rose Bowl and a Pac-12 championship, and has these kids graduating at an 86% rate. He has my vote of confidence. We’ll win again.” The … Continue reading Did Wanda Austin Really Say This About Clay Helton?
This is turning out to be a great week for Clay Helton. Who is talking about football? No one. That’s what you want when you are incompetent. Meanwhile, it looks like Donna Heinel was even running a side business for high school coaches, counselors and administrators and used the Galen Center for workshops. Again, where was the oversight? Everyone just seems to do what they … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Privilege Knows No Limits
USC athletic director Lynn Swann is at the Pac-12 Tournament and watched the Trojans’ victory over Arizona. With an early 12 p.m. start, he still had time to play golf this afternoon if he wanted to. By the way, maybe a reporter in Las Vegas can ask about this and clear up if it is Swann or Pat Haden. UPDATED: Swann declined to answer … Continue reading Lynn Swann Sighting
TMZ reported that Lori Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, spent the night in the Bahamas on a yacht owned by Rick Caruso, chairman of the USC Board of Trustees. She was with Caruso’s daughter, Gianna. Caruso gave TMZ a statement: “My daughter and a group of students left for spring break prior to the government’s announcement yesterday. Once we became aware of the investigation, the … Continue reading No Conflicts Of Interest At USC
These are some of the more comical aspects of the USC admissions scandal: There was a 145-pound long snapper. There was a 5-foot-5 men’s basketball player who was listed as 6-1. There was the kicker whose high school did not have a football team. Maybe now we know why USC has struggled so much in football and basketball this season. Continue reading Some Strange Athletes Got Accepted At USC
What will today’s scandal be at USC? USC has become a freak show. Part of it stems from the entrenched and entitled attitude that exists for a segment of the university and its well-heeled donor class. Donna Heinel and Jovan Vavic were long-time employees. Vavic did whatever he wanted and was keeping USC relevant when it came to winning NCAA titles. Heinel was the No. … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Culture Change Must Come Soon
UPDATED: USC water polo coach Jovan Vavic and senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel were fired this afternoon by the university. Here is the statement: Following Vavic’s dismissal, Casey Moon is USC’s interim women’s water polo coach and Marko Pintaric is the interim men’s water polo coach. Below is my original post. Vavic was arrested in Hawaii this morning, according to a published report. Vavic was … Continue reading USC Fires Jovan Vavic And Donna Heinel
How many internal investigations does USC have going right now? I’ve lost count. I can’t tell you how many USC coaches are amused over today’s news. Donna Heinel was not a popular figure within the athletic dept. A USC administrator tells me Jovan Vavic makes somewhere in the neighborhood $300,000-400,000 per year. So he could make a pretty good living without taking bribes. Wake Forest … Continue reading Some Quick Thoughts On USC Scandal
Get ready for the latest USC scandal. The athletic dept. is at the center of the college admissions bribery scandal as senior associate athletic Donna Heinel reportedly received more than $1.3 million in bribe payments to fabricate athletic credentials for prospective students. Heinel, men’s and women’s water polo coach Jovan Vavic and former women’s soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin have been indicted. Heinel was in charge … Continue reading One More Scandal As USC Athletic Dept. Involved In College Scandal
Hey, look, we might think Lynn Swann is the worst athletic director in USC history but do we have proof? When I said yesterday that USC is on the verge of losing records in football, basketball and baseball, a reader told me it had never happened before. So let’s check: The first year USC started playing football, basketball and baseball in the same season was … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Just How Bad Is Lynn Swann? We Have An Answer
Fox Sports announced former USC tailback Reggie Bush has been hired for its pre-game show. He will be alongside Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn and Urban Meyer. This is a perplexing hire for many reasons except one: Fox Sports worships former USC players. What does Bush bring to the table? He is still banned from USC. He never showed any remorse. I just mentioned again two days … Continue reading Reggie Bush Joins Fox Sports
Pete Carroll just got a new contract and seems like he will be in the NFL for the rest of his career. Last week, he was asked about Steve Sarkisian returning to college football at Alabama and made this comment. “The details that we’re able to go through in the NFL relative to the details you can reach in the college game are different just … Continue reading Would Pete Carroll Return To College Football?
Sometimes your head can spin if you go by the up-and-down analysis for spring practices. The first two days, sophomore wide receiver Devon Williams was supposedly dropping a lot of passes. Uh oh. Then he caught three TDs on Saturday and Clay Helton was lavish with his praise. Hurray! “Devon’s doing a nice job because he knows what to do . . . there’s clarity,” … Continue reading Spring Can Make Your Head Spin
It’s almost funny how when Clay Helton tries to accentuate a positive aspect of the offense, he still shoots himself in the foot. Helton said the Notre Dame game was a preview of the new faster, quicker offense: “I just felt what our offense could become,” Helton said. “Just as a play-caller, you look up and you had almost 260 yards in the passing game … Continue reading USC Sunday Buzz: Clay Helton Uses Wrong Example For New Offense
Why is USC having recruits wear No. 5 jerseys when Reggie Bush remains banned and unrepentant about his role in the school being hit with NCAA sanctions? Blessed and Honored to be offered by USC ✌🏾#FightOn pic.twitter.com/UPMOAOEzuw — Mookie Cooper (@uheardof5) March 9, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Continue reading The Ghost Of Reggie Bush Surfaces
Colorado defeated USC, 78-67, in Boulder to set the Trojans’ fate for the Pac-12 Tournament. USC will play Arizona in the 8/9-seed game on Wednesday at 12 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network. If USC wins, it will play Washington on Thursday at 12 p.m. The Trojans are currently 15-16. That is a pretty atrocious record when you play in the worst Pac-12 conference of all … Continue reading USC Will Play Arizona In Pac-12 Tourney
If you heard the offense was ahead of the defense this week at USC spring practice, it might sound off. Defenses usually have the advantage the first week of spring and fall training camp. But there was also this to consider: Isaac Taylor-Stuart was the only healthy scholarship cornerback who practiced Saturday. The offense should be dominating. There are more defensive backs watching practice during … Continue reading The Defense Rests
USC completed its first practice in pads today. Jack Sears completed a nice pass to tight end Josh Falo in the 2-minute drill portion of practice. and a 35-yard TD pass to Devon Williams. Cornerback Greg Johnson is no longer in the NCAA transfer portal and will remain at USC. Johnson wore a yellow non-contact jersey today. Freshman cornerback Britton Allen had a sore hip … Continue reading USC Saturday Practice Notes
If you missed it, here was my appearance on Petros and Money yesterday, which starts around the 22-minute mark. USC holds its third practice of spring this morning and Clay Helton will speak. But he said Tuesday, “this will be the last time I talk about the 2018 season.” So no questions are allowed about last year? I guess if you do a poor coaching … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Don’t Ask About 2018 Season!
USC led Oklahoma State, 6-0, at Dedeaux Field tonight. And then the Cowboys scored 7 runs in the third inning. And 4 more after that. Final score: 11-6. USC is now 4-8 overall. The Trojans play No. 18 Michigan tomorrow and No. 2 UCLA on Sunday. Continue reading USC Baseball Blows 6-0 Lead
Clay Helton has a new policy where he only speak to the media after Saturday practices during the spring. He also spoke at the first practice, which means he is available for 6 of the 15 spring practices. This is unprecedented at USC, where coaches are accessible. Even Lane Kiffin spoke after practices unless he happened to get mad at something someone asked. Why would … Continue reading Clay Helton Doing Less Media
Mater Dei cornerback Darion Green-Warren announced today he was no longer committed to Oklahoma. I would not immediately read any of this as being related to USC given how poor a job the Trojans have done recruiting local prospects. And you might read on some fan sites that new defensive backs coach Greg Burns is yelling or being demonstrative at practices but he wasn’t known … Continue reading USC Target Decommits From Oklahoma
I will be on the Petros and Money show today around 4:45 p.m. (PT) to discuss the wonderful state of USC football. UPDATED: It should be between 4:30-4:45 p.m. Continue reading Radio, Radio*
I spoke to a USC player on Thursday about the new Friday depth chart policy promised by Clay Helton. I asked the player what difference he thought the depth chart would make? “It won’t mean anything,” the player said. “The team won’t worry about it.” This goes back to a recurring theme for the Trojans: The players are pretty much over listening to Helton. So … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column
New USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell is starting to remind me of Vince Lombardi when he talks about the offense. Lombardi could spend an entire day speaking about his sweep play at a coaching clinic and the Packers dared opponents to stop a play that everyone knew was coming. Here’s what Harrell said tonight: “We have like four run plays. “This is all you have to … Continue reading Graham Harrell Keeps It Simple
Carol Folt, who recently resigned as chancellor at North Carolina, was named president at USC today. Folt is no stranger to controversy. She went along with with a controversial strategy of avoiding NCAA sanctions for North Carolina’s academic/athletic scandal. Ultimately, North Carolina avoided tough sanctions by arguing the violations did not actually break NCAA rules. More recently, Folt was involved in the “Silent Sam” controversy. … Continue reading Breaking: USC Hires New President
Whatever USC does regarding the college admissions scandal, everyone will need to try and forget USC interim president Wanda Austin said the school was the “victim” or that athletic director Lynn Swann said he was “blindsided” by the revelations. In other words: No accountability. It’s not even good spin. Speaking of bad spin, let’s switch over to football, where Clay Helton is back making public … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Bad Spin Comes In Many Forms
USC returned to spring practice and new, quick-strike offense faced a defense that was allowed to bring pressure for the first time. JT Daniels was intercepted by Isaac Taylor-Stuart. Jack Sears was intercepted by Hunter Echols. And Matt Fink was intercepted by the no-longer transferring Greg Johnson. This should provide some good film for Graham Harrell to give the quarterbacks. “You could tell it was … Continue reading USC Quarterbacks Face Real Pressure
J’Raan Brooks, a 6-foot-9 freshman forward, is transferring, according to Jeff Goodman of Stadium. Brooks averaged 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 8 minutes of action per game. He joins Jordan Usher, who left earlier in the year. People would be more nervous but the answer to everything is next year’s recruiting class is great! Guess what: They will be poorly coached too. Last year, … Continue reading USC Forward J’Raan Brooks Transferring