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USC APR Scores Improve

USC football and basketball posted identical four-year scores of 973 in the latest NCAA Academic Progress Ratings. USC football posted a score of 974 in 2016-17. Its multi-year score in 2015-16 was 968. Basketball scored 977 in 2016-17 and had a multi-year score of 969 in basketball in 2015-16. The penalty line for APR scores is 930. Among Pac-12 football schools, Washington’s multi-year football APR was first … Continue reading USC APR Scores Improve

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USC In National Spotlight For All Wrong Reasons

When USC is the lead story on the NBC Nightly News, you know the university is in the midst of a full-blown meltdown. But will things deteriorate enough for president Max Nikias to step down? The only way that would happen is if the Board of Trustees acted like his boss. Instead, they act like they work for him. I’ve yet to see a trustee … Continue reading USC In National Spotlight For All Wrong Reasons

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USC Morning Buzz: Tuesday Notes

For the past couple years, people at USC have told me that former assistant coach Todd McNair was offered a settlement by the NCAA of between $5-10 million. They said his lawyers turned it down because they were confident he would get much more ($27 million). 200 USC professors have signed a letter demanding school president Max Nikias step down. “He has lost the moral … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Tuesday Notes

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Jury Sides With NCAA In Todd McNair Case

The Todd McNair case is finally over. The jury sided with the NCAA today, as it voted 9-3 that the NCAA did not make false statements against McNair. This is going to be a shocking verdict to USC fans and you will see incredible outrage from the USC Internet media crowd, who have been foaming at the mouth over the McNair case for years. They … Continue reading Jury Sides With NCAA In Todd McNair Case

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Morning Buzz: USC Keeps Making May Recruiting Interesting

May is turning out to be a busy recruiting month. Mater Dei running back Sean Dollars (pictured) and cornerback Jeremiah Criddell committed to Oregon on Sunday. This only caught my attention because Dollars drew quite a bit of interest from USC internet sites, which means the Trojans were interested. But Dollars and Criddell are four-star recruits, so maybe I will hear from the recruiting analysts … Continue reading Morning Buzz: USC Keeps Making May Recruiting Interesting

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UCLA Wins Crosstown Cup

I’m not even sure why USC and UCLA continue this competition between themselves when they do almost nothing to promote it. UCLA won this year’s competition, 115-75, but you really needed to search for it to find anything. And don’t ask for updates during the season anymore. USC’s been fairly silent because it has lost four of the past six years. But at least when … Continue reading UCLA Wins Crosstown Cup

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Three-Star QB Commits To USC

May is apparently the month of three stars. Kedon Slovis, a three-star quarterback from Scottsdale, Ariz., committed to USC today. Slovis (6-2, 186) also received offers from Hawaii, North Carolina State, New Mexico State, Oregon State, San Jose State, SMU, Arizona State, Indiana, Vanderbilt and UC Davis. Slovis will be a year behind JT Daniels. Maybe he figures he will redshirt and sit two seasons … Continue reading Three-Star QB Commits To USC

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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Considered Transferring To USC

Alabama’s freshman phenom QB, Tua Tagovailoa, who led the Crimson Tide to the national title game, said he considered transferring to USC: “I called my dad and asked him if my offer to the University of Southern California was still available. “I wanted to leave. I told my dad I wanted to go to a school where I thought it’d be easier for me and wouldn’t challenge me … Continue reading Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Considered Transferring To USC

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When Did USC Take A Backseat To Duke?

USC coach Clay Helton made $2.6 million in 2016. Duke coach David Cutcliffe made $2.54 million. Duke women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie made $1.35 million. When USC fired women’s basketball coach Cynthia Cooper, it reportedly offered less than $400,000 to her replacements. There was a time when USC was the gold standard for paying coaches. Pete Carroll made $4.4 million in 2006. Monte Kiffin made … Continue reading When Did USC Take A Backseat To Duke?

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Will Andy Enfield Improve USC’s Schedule?

So USC has a commitment from five-star Onyeka Okongwu and is expected to get the Mobley brothers now that their father (Eric Mobley) is an assistant coach. Will that convince Andy Enfield to start improving the nonconference schedule? Don’t bet on it. But it’s not hard. Utah just agreed to a two-year series with Kentucky. One game will be at Rupp Arena and  the other in … Continue reading Will Andy Enfield Improve USC’s Schedule?

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Todd McNair Jury Is Currently Deadlocked

The jury at Todd McNair’s trial told the judge they are deadlocked, 8-4. You need 9 votes to reach a verdict. The jury did not say which way it was leaning. The judge asked them to resume deliberations tomorrow. “I got the impression there was more than general disagreement,” Judge Frederick Shaller said. “I would like to give it the best shot possible.” How will … Continue reading Todd McNair Jury Is Currently Deadlocked

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USC Morning Buzz: Tuesday Notes

Former USC baseball coach/player Mike Gillespie makes his final appearance at Dedeaux Field when UC Irvine plays the Trojans tonight. Gillespie is 16-5 vs. USC since taking the Irvine job after being fired by Mike Garrett in 2006. Gillespie won an NCAA title at USC in 1998 and also won a title as a player in 1961 for the Trojans. He is one of only … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Tuesday Notes

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Jalen Greene Now Going To Utah State

Former USC wide receiver Jalen Greene announced last month he would transfer to Illinois. But he will instead transfer to Utah State, according to 247Sports. This move made more sense when I first heard it but mainly because I thought Greene might play quarterback at Utah State. However, he is still expected to be a wide receiver. The biggest thing, of course, is getting on … Continue reading Jalen Greene Now Going To Utah State

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The Wizard Of Water Polo

USC water polo coach Jovan Vavic won his 15th NCAA title Sunday. He has nine men’s titles and six women’s titles. It’s an impressive accomplishment. But let’s also put some perspective on it especially when you can be a great coach in another sport and rarely or never win a national title. There are only 22 colleges in the country that play Division I men’s … Continue reading The Wizard Of Water Polo

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Five-Star Forward Onyeka Okongwu Commits To USC

Chino Hills forward Onyeka Okongwu, who is ranked the 18th-best player in the nation by Rivals for the Class of 2019, announced today he committed to USC. He also considered UCLA and Kansas. I mentioned last week USC thought it would land Okongwu. USC is ranked No. 5 in recruiting by Rivals with only Okongwu’s commitment. The 6-foot-9 forward plays for the Compton Magic club basketball … Continue reading Five-Star Forward Onyeka Okongwu Commits To USC

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Some Scholarship Offers More Equal Than Others

One thing I’m really tired of hearing every day is how “blessed” a recruit is to be offered a scholarship by a university. It makes me wonder what would happen if all these players actually committed right now? USC offered 155 recruits for its Class of 2018. That’s 155 offers for around 25 scholarships. UConn coach Randy Edsall recently noted some recruits get offered a … Continue reading Some Scholarship Offers More Equal Than Others

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USC Following Its Own Path In Recruiting

Cornerback Trey Davis of Federal Way, Wash., is expected to commit to USC tomorrow. Here is the interesting part: His other offers are from Portland State and Sacramento State. Maybe USC saw Davis before other Division I schools and is getting a hidden gem. There is no rule that a player needs four stars to be recruited. But to repeat what I said this morning, … Continue reading USC Following Its Own Path In Recruiting

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USC Morning Buzz: The Downside Of Taking A Three-Star Recruit

When linebacker Stanley Taufoou of Grace Brethren committed yesterday, it led to some fan criticism because he is a three-star prospect. Recruiting rankings can often be proven wrong. See Ricky Town (overrated) or Russell Wilson (underrated) for that. But here is the problem that has nothing to do with whether people should be worried about USC taking three-star recruits: It’s not a bad thing unless … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: The Downside Of Taking A Three-Star Recruit

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USC Morning Buzz: Wednesday Notes

  USC forward Chimezie Metu worked out with the Lakers this morning. Fortunately, Metu is completely healthy for the workout after sitting out the NIT, which was nearly two months ago. By the way, a source with the basketball program tells me USC it is confident it will land forward Onyeka Okongwu of Chino Hills, who is ranked the No. 19 player in the nation … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Wednesday Notes

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What Is On Lynn Swann’s Mind?

For some fans, the only way to know what USC athletic director Lynn Swann thinks comes from the “State of Troy” interview on the USC website. “Each month, we sit down with USC athletic director Lynn Swann to get his take on the hot topics around Heritage Hall,” the articles state. Well, Swann hasn’t done a State of Troy interview since January. He hasn’t addressed … Continue reading What Is On Lynn Swann’s Mind?

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Long-Time USC Trainer Jack Ward Dies

Long-time USC athletic trainer Jack Ward, who was head trainer for 39 years (1959-1997), died on May 6. He was 89. He was inducted into USC’s Hall of Fame in 1999 and served as trainer emeritus from 1998-2003. Ward worked with seven USC head football coaches, six national championship football teams and 10 College World Series-winning baseball teams. He is survived by his wife, Linda. Continue reading Long-Time USC Trainer Jack Ward Dies

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USC Morning Buzz: Tuesday Notes

Ranking teams can be tricky enough but Athlon is ranking every quarterback in the nation. USC must have been one of the hardest since JT Daniels is expected to start without enrolling at USC until next month. Daniels is ranked No. 67 out of 130. That’s called taking the middle road. And frankly, how can anyone really rank Daniels right now? It’s all guesswork. Here’s … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Tuesday Notes

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Pete Carroll Leaving For NFL Followup

Someone on twitter tried to say that when Jim Harbaugh said Pete Carroll would be leaving after the season, it confirmed Todd McNair’s testimony last week. “He’s only got one more year, though. He’ll be there one more year,” Harbaugh said. “That’s what I’ve heard. I heard it inside the staff.” Only one problem: Harbaugh said that in 2007. McNair said Carroll made his exit … Continue reading Pete Carroll Leaving For NFL Followup

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USC Morning Buzz: Monday Notes

Former USC coach Lane Kiffin is again defending his tenure with the Trojans in an interview with ESPN.com. “Now, I know the facts of USC, when you lose 30 scholarships … going 28-15 with those types of sanctions, people don’t do that,” Kiffin said. “Look at those types of penalties and what usually happens to programs — look at Miami, getting blown out every week. … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Monday Notes

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Did Pete Carroll Plot USC Departure A Year In Advance?

I’m not hanging on every word of the Todd McNair trial because I don’t think a $50 million judgement in his favor will erase the sting of NCAA sanctions. Money for an assistant coach doesn’t do that for me. But I want to address something McNair said on the witness stand last week. McNair said USC coach Pete Carroll planned to leave well before the … Continue reading Did Pete Carroll Plot USC Departure A Year In Advance?

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Sam Darnold Works Out With Jets

This is a really nice throw. Wow. Sam Darnold, followers #Jets pic.twitter.com/a4KM748KF7 — Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) May 4, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Sam Darnold had his first workout with the Jets today. Based on reports, he had a lot of nice passes. There were three botched snaps but that is not unusual working with a new center. Jets coach Todd Bowles joked about Darnold’s performance. “He was … Continue reading Sam Darnold Works Out With Jets

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The JT Daniels Hype Machine In Full Gear

Incoming freshman @jtdaniels06 is doing everything in his power to put himself in USC’s QB competition once he arrives. #FightOn pic.twitter.com/O8F5zix48h — USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) May 3, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js USC has already produced a video with JT Daniels. He is still in high school. And has not graduated. Or been officially reclassified by the NCAA. But USC’s already promoting him. Of course. Will he have … Continue reading The JT Daniels Hype Machine In Full Gear

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USC Morning Buzz: Uniforms Must Be Uniform Next Season

The NCAA is going to enforce some new rules regarding uniforms, which you can see below. Now look at the above photo of USC players against UCLA last season and see how many would be in violation. Most have their knees uncovered. One is wearing a T-shirt below the jersey. Fortunately for USC, the NCAA did not address whether you need to wear tights or … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Uniforms Must Be Uniform Next Season

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USC Might Not Have 2019 First-Round Pick But Does It Matter?

USC had a lot of players decide to return for their senior seasons, whether because of injury (Porter Gustin) or subpar seasons (Iman Marshall, Chuma Edoga) or not being projected where they wanted to be drafted (Cameron Smith, Marvell Tell). Tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe could fall into two categories (injury, subpar season). But in this 2019 mock draft from Bleacher Report, USC does not have anyone … Continue reading USC Might Not Have 2019 First-Round Pick But Does It Matter?

Where Would USC Be With Competent Leadership?

Do you ever wonder where USC might be with competent leadership? Let’s consider: Athletic director Mike Garrett was so uncooperative with the NCAA, it led to the organization’s draconian sanctions against the university. He also hired Lane Kiffin to replace Pete Carroll. Athletic director Pat Haden then kept Kiffin too long and hired Steve Sarkisian, who was championed by no one outside his cronies in … Continue reading Where Would USC Be With Competent Leadership?