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Andy Enfield Gives Out MVP Award

USC held its basketball banquet last night and Andy Enfield named Bennie Boatwright the MVP. Why is that unusual? Because Enfield did not give out the Sam Barry Award (MVP) from 2015-17. And he never gave an explanation either. I’m a little surprised Nick Rakocevic got most improved but I guess there were only around six players left on the current roster so not many … Continue reading Andy Enfield Gives Out MVP Award

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USC Morning Buzz: LSU Hires Kenechi Udeze

Former USC defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze has been hired as a defensive analyst at LSU. The move reunites Udeze with his college position coach, Ed Orgeron. Udeze has been looking for a job since Clay Helton fired him after last season. Someone I know who is close to several members of the Board of Trustees said Lynn Swann was told new president Carol Folt … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: LSU Hires Kenechi Udeze

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Matt Fink Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

USC quarterback Matt Fink has entered the NCAA transfer portal. He is scheduled to graduate in May and will not need to sit out at another school. It’s a smart move by Fink. He has shown he can play in brief stints and let’s be brutally honest: He knows the QB derby could be rigged by the fact Clay Helton desperately wants JT Daniels to … Continue reading Matt Fink Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

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The Pac-12 Network’s Purpose Is Not To Make Money

The Pac-12 has something in common with USC. It likes to lecture the public instead of trying to work together. Here’s Mark Shuken, the Pac-12 Network president, telling Sports Business Journal the network’s goal is not to make money but to  “amplify student-athletes and their experiences.” And here everyone thought the goal was to make money. Or if you DirecTV, not watch it. lmao cmon … Continue reading The Pac-12 Network’s Purpose Is Not To Make Money

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USC Morning Buzz: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

A USC football play in three acts: ACT I I wouldn’t overreact to the identity of the USC quarterback who is hanging out on the weekend with the men who protect him, but I would note it. https://t.co/K9cvccOnkx — Brady McCollough (@BradyMcCollough) April 15, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js ACT II @CoachDrev @CoachHarrellUSC oh no more FALSE NARRATIVE…the second “pizza party” (the 1st grade kind) that daddy Daniels … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

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USC Basketball Roster Is A Real Mish Mash

Daniel Utomi, a 6-6 forward from Akron, has transferred to USC. He will be eligible immediately. He is ranked No. 23 in ESPN’s graduate transfer rankings, which I didn’t know existed until today. Utomi averaged 14.2 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 37.3 percent from 3-point range last season. He scored 11 points in a 84-53 loss to USC in Honolulu on Dec. 22, 2017. … Continue reading USC Basketball Roster Is A Real Mish Mash

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A Trojan Great With Who Worked On “Wizard Of Oz” Dies

USC announced the death of a memorable Trojan: Ambrose Schindler. He was 101. Schindler died Dec. 30, 2018 but it was just recently reported. The San Diego High School graduate led USC in rushing, scoring and total offense and was named all-conference in 1937. Schindler also led the Trojans in 1939, and was named MVP of the 1940 Rose Bowl. The 1939 team was eventually recognized … Continue reading A Trojan Great With Who Worked On “Wizard Of Oz” Dies

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USC Afternoon Notes: Media QB Preferences

I might start keeping a media poll on the USC quarterback job. The Los Angeles Times said JT Daniels should start the season opener. The Athletic said today to expect Daniels to start. Former UNLV coach Harvey Hyde and I have said Jack Sears should be the starter. To be clear, Hyde and I are saying who should start. Not who Clay Helton will choose. Who … Continue reading USC Afternoon Notes: Media QB Preferences

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USC Morning Buzz: Clay Helton Eats His Own Words

Last month I made fun of the following Clay Helton quote regarding the hiring of a recruiting director to replace Eric Ziskin. “It’s such a big hire. It’s like having an OC, a DC, a special teams coordinator. Strength and conditioning. This is a big hire,” Helton said. So what did Helton do? He hired Spencer Harris of Fresno State to be USC’s new recruiting … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Clay Helton Eats His Own Words

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Coliseum Naming Rights Update

L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn said today she still believes it is possible to name the field but not the Coliseum as she still opposes the “United Airlines Memorial Coliseum” naming rights. “I’m hopeful that a compromise can be reached,” Hahn said. “I also know that there is talk of other possible corporate sponsors expressing an interest.” United has already said it would prefer to … Continue reading Coliseum Naming Rights Update

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USC Morning Buzz: The Company Line Needs Improvement

For most of spring practice, I haven’t focused on the offensive line. Now that spring practice is over, I will say the offensive line hasn’t improved much since last season. There is one high-level athlete (Austin Jackson) and even he is inconsistent. The rest of the unit is not noteworthy from an athletic standpoint. Last week, a USC coach claimed it didn’t matter because they … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: The Company Line Needs Improvement

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Clay Helton Will Release A Depth Chart Internally

USC coach Clay Helton said the players would see an internal depth chart sometime next week. Why doesn’t he want the public to know? Who knows. The only position the fans really care about the depth chart is quarterback. This seems like another way Helton is trying to become more secretive. He is considering making access tougher next season, the sure sign of a beleaguered … Continue reading Clay Helton Will Release A Depth Chart Internally

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Lynn Swann And Masters Are Perfect Combo

Read the list of rules below. It sounds just like a Lynn Swann statement to the fans. Or maybe his guide for USC radio-TV announcers: Do not mention Clay Helton‘s 5-7 season Do not mention that 3 of my employees have faced federal charges of wrongdoing Do not mention the size of the Coliseum crowd Do not mention declining season-ticket sales Do not mention that … Continue reading Lynn Swann And Masters Are Perfect Combo

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USC Morning Buzz: Spring’s Conclusion Finally Arrives

The final USC spring practice is finally here. In an anti-climatic fashion, USC held three practices after its spring showcase last weekend. Today is the only practice of the week in full pads and Clay Helton is supposedly going to do some scrimmaging. The truth is nothing that happens today will really influence the QB derby because the competition will go to the fall. Here … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Spring’s Conclusion Finally Arrives

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UCLA Had Another Cash For Admissions Scandal

The college admissions scandal already involved UCLA but it wasn’t the first time for the university. The Los Angeles Times reports that UCLA’s women’s track program took a student not considered good enough by the coach to compete but her parents agreed to pay the athletic dept. $100,000. “The young woman’s admission to UCLA as a recruited athlete — and her parents’ subsequent $100,000 donation … Continue reading UCLA Had Another Cash For Admissions Scandal

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Reaction To Kevin Porter Turning Pro

Talk about a case of hype not meeting actual performance. USC guard Kevin Porter said he will turn pro and sign with an agent, which means his college career is officially over. What exactly did USC get from this possible lottery pick? He had the mysterious bruised thigh that sidelined him for weeks. He got into a heated argument with Andy Enfield and was suspended. … Continue reading Reaction To Kevin Porter Turning Pro

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

Imagine how unhappy Lynn Swann must be that he spent this week in Los Angeles instead of wearing his green blazer as a member of the hospitality committee at the Masters. Swann was at Augusta last week but that was for the women’s tournament, which is not the same as rubbing elbows with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. He obviously finally figured out the optics … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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USC Offense Has 33 Percent Success Rate

The goal-line portion of practice had six plays: The offense scored twice, stopped itself twice and got stopped by the defense twice. Devon Williams and John Jackson caught touchdown passes. But the defense stopped Markese Stepp short of the goal line and a holding penalty ruined a Vavae Malepeai TD run. I guess that’s more than the 1-penalty-every-200 plays Clay Helton described two weeks ago. … Continue reading USC Offense Has 33 Percent Success Rate

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The Crosstown Rivalry Just Got Interesting . . . Or Not

New UCLA coach Mick Cronin might lose to USC next season but he has to like the fact he is basically going against a nincompoop in Andy Enfield as his crosstown rival. That’s a dropoff from going against Chris Mack at Xavier for most of his tenure at Cincinnati. Before Mack, Cronin went against Sean Miller at Xavier. Now he will face a guy who … Continue reading The Crosstown Rivalry Just Got Interesting . . . Or Not

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USC Morning Buzz: No Way To Generate Excitement

Among the many transgressions of Clay Helton, there has to be some comment on how he has pretty much destroyed the Trojan Huddle, which was the name of the spring scrimmage at the Coliseum. It’s now the Spring Showcase and the crowd at Cromwell Field was far from a sellout in a track stadium that seats 3,000. The fans are smart enough to know it’s … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: No Way To Generate Excitement

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USC Afternoon Notes: Update On Velus Jones/Tee Martin

Wide receiver Velus Jones, who may or may not be transferring, will be at Tennessee’s spring scrimmage Saturday. I wonder if Tee Martin will try to convince Jones to transfer there! Speaking of Martin, he addressed getting fired from USC yesterday at his only press conference for the spring. “It was kind of a perfect storm last year, if you will. It was just a … Continue reading USC Afternoon Notes: Update On Velus Jones/Tee Martin

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Can Improvements On Defensive Line And Linebacker Override Defensive Backs?

USC looks better in the spring because of the play of freshman defensive end Drake Jackson and sophomore linebacker Palaie Gaoteote. But will that be enough to compensate for the secondary, where cornerback will be a position a weakness? This seems to be a key question. Even practice observers I’ve talked to for outside opinions tell me the cornerbacks are a problem. There will be … Continue reading Can Improvements On Defensive Line And Linebacker Override Defensive Backs?

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USC Morning Buzz: Reading The Quarterback Competition

Graham Harrell didn’t name a starting quarterback Tuesday but he sure seemed to eliminate Matt Fink. “Fink is really good when he’s on, and struggles when he’s off,” Harrell said. So it will come down to JT Daniels or Jack Sears. Daniels could probably win the job even if he were in the NCAA transfer portal but at least Harrell tossed Sears a compliment. “Jack … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Reading The Quarterback Competition

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USC Will Let Quarterbacks Know Where They Stand After Spring

USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell said today a starting quarterback will probably not be named after spring practice. But he did say the quarterbacks would be told where they would fit on a depth chart if the Trojans played a game. This sounds interesting. JT Daniels and Jack Sears each threw interceptions during Tuesday’s no-pads practice. Harrell on Daniels: “JT has done a good job … Continue reading USC Will Let Quarterbacks Know Where They Stand After Spring

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Mass Exodus From Women’s Basketball?

I’m not going to pretend I follow women’s basketball closely but there is a report that six players are in the NCAA transfer portal, including the best player, Minyon Moore, who announced her departure yesterday. I’m writing about this because this is where an athletic director actually works. Donna Heinel, who oversaw women’s basketball, has been fired. Lynn Swann is in the midst of what … Continue reading Mass Exodus From Women’s Basketball?

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What Will And Will Not Change With JT Daniels

There’s been a lot of talk about changes being made this spring at USC. Here is what will not change: JT Daniels will get every chance (and more) to start. Here is what also will not change: His height, arm and athletic ability. Here is what better change: His ability to take a hit. That last item is not being tested in spring. It gets … Continue reading What Will And Will Not Change With JT Daniels

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New Charges For Lori Loughlin

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are among 16 parents now facing additional charges of conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering in the college admissions scandal. The money laundering charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison. A plea deal could have a minimum sentence of 4-6 years according to TMZ. UCLA finally hired a coach: Mick Cronin of Cincinnati. USC still … Continue reading New Charges For Lori Loughlin

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USC Morning Buzz: More On An All-American And His Dog

I have to add a bit more about USC offensive lineman Pete Adams, who was an All-American and first-round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns in 1973. I heard from several former players Monday about what a ferocious blocker and character Adams was at USC. For me, the stories about the stray dog he adopted were something no one forgot. Imagine rough-and-gruff John McKay allowing … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: More On An All-American And His Dog

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USC Night Notes

Today I mentioned how USC coaches wanted to spotlight Amon-Ra St. Brown because the scrimmage was on the Pac-12 Network. Conversely, I heard sophomore wide receiver Devon Williams was in the doghouse for whatever reason and got less opportunities even though he did manage a touchdown. Just remember this when you hear coaches say, “we don’t care who catches the ball” during the season. Women’s … Continue reading USC Night Notes

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Lynn Swann On Masters’ Hospitality Committee

In case you were unsure if Lynn Swann was making his annual trip to the Masters, he is listed on the tournament website as a member of the hospitality committee. So does this mean Swann will spend about 10 days in Georgia since he has been there since last week for a women’s tournament? I’m sure he is monitoring events at USC closely. Continue reading Lynn Swann On Masters’ Hospitality Committee

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USC Morning Buzz: Stars In Spotlight At Scrimmage

USC seems to have gotten positive reviews from its spring showcase, whether from the media or fans. And even if it didn’t, it always has Yogi Roth as a cheerleader on the Pac-12 Network. But a coach I spoke to Sunday said the Trojans were well aware of Saturday’s scrimmage on the network and wanted to throw more passes to Amon-Ra St. Brown at one … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Stars In Spotlight At Scrimmage

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Things Got Ugly At Volleyball Game

Aftermath of USC not controll’g their fan @ USC vs UCLA men’s volleyball. The tool lying in his seat was confronted by UCLA. His comments were prejudiced against Micah and Daenan all night. USC allowed it. Who is this jerk? His pals & a female arrogantly supported him. Disgust’g pic.twitter.com/jVNOXUUQwy — CPA | Econ | History | UCLA | Athletics (@KoiGoodheart) April 7, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Continue reading Things Got Ugly At Volleyball Game

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LSU Lands Another Local Commitment

Jaden Navarrette, a four-star tight athlete from Norco, committed to LSU on Saturday night as Ed Orgeron continues to raid Southern California for prospects. Navarrette plays tight end, wide receiver and defensive end/linebacker for Norco. Yes, he was offered a scholarship by USC. Orgeron also has commitments from the nation’s No. 1-ranked cornerback, Elias Ricks, from Mater Dei and defensive tackle Jordan Berry from Narbonne. Continue reading LSU Lands Another Local Commitment