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

I’m pretty sure USC didn’t know who Texas baseball assistant Troy Tulowitzki was before the coaching search. But USC likes splashy hires. Remember when Michael Cooper was hired as women’s basketball coach. At one time, Mike Garrett wanted to hire as the men’s basketball coach. It was almost like USC used college baseball web sites to conduct its search. The key for Tulowitzki will be … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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Yet Another USC Baseball Update

Texas baseball assistant coach Troy Tulowitzki is on campus today talking to USC about the baseball job. Sources tell me USC has met his salary demands and some minor details are being worked out. It’s still possible Texas could make a counter-offer. One interesting tidbit: I hear some ex-players have reached out to USC regarding the search but did not get any response back. Continue reading Yet Another USC Baseball Update

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USC Morning Buzz: Steve Sarkisian Lands Top Recruit

Arch Manning, the No. 1-ranked QB and No. 1-ranked player in the nation, committed to Texas today. It’s a big commitment for under-fire coach Steve Sarkisian. It also shows Manning was not turned off by the fact highly publicized QB Quinn Ewers is a redshirt freshman. Manning also considered Georgia and Alabama. Texas will have the two top-ranked quarterbacks in their classes (Ewers and Manning). … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Steve Sarkisian Lands Top Recruit

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USC Adds Another Three-Star

Kade Eldridge, a three-star tight end/defensive end from Lynden, Wash., has committed to USC. Eldridge held offers from Oregon, Washington and Michigan. Eldridge plays for Lynden Christian, a small Division 1A school in the rural town near the Canadian border. He was athletic enough to play running back after injuries hit the team. Surprised USC took another three-star? Quite a flurry of them recently, eh? … Continue reading USC Adds Another Three-Star

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USC Zeroes In On Baseball Coach

USC has zeroed in on Troy Tulowitzki to be its next baseball coach and a job offer is expected this week. Tulowitzki, who is an assistant coach at Texas, will receive a counter-offer to remain with the Longhorns, according to sources. The former major-league all-star gives USC a splashy hire although he has never been a head coach. However, he is a highly respected coach. In … Continue reading USC Zeroes In On Baseball Coach

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USC Morning Buzz: Has A Jersey Dilemma Been Resolved?

Do we have some movement in the on-going Caleb Williams jersey number drama? Wide receiver Michael Jackson, who wears the No. 13 that Williams wants, announced an NIL deal yesterday. The illustration of Jackson (below) shows him wearing No. 9. USC does not have an offensive player wearing No. 9 on its roster so it is available. Now the question is how much did Williams … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Has A Jersey Dilemma Been Resolved?

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Five-Star Prospect Picks Ohio State Over USC

Brandon Inniss, a five-star wide receiver who committed to Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma, decided today to commit to Ohio State. He had listed USC in his final six schools. Wide receivers are fairly easy to recruit, as USC repeatedly demonstrates. But Riley did try hard to convince Inniss to follow him to USC. Like I always say, focus on the linemen. Continue reading Five-Star Prospect Picks Ohio State Over USC

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USC Baseball Coaching Update

I’m hearing UC Santa Barbara baseball coach Andrew Checketts has rebuffed USC’s efforts to hire him. If USC really wants Checketts, it will need to regroup and improve its package. And when I say package, I mean assistant coach salaries, staff positions, recruiting budget, etc. Meanwhile, former major-leaguer/Texas assistant coach Troy Tulowitzki told Austin-American Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls he will interview for the job. “I … Continue reading USC Baseball Coaching Update

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USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of The Week

WINNERS Jordan Addison Talk about powerful. He wasn’t even a USC student in the spring but is now wearing Carson Palmer’s No. 3. Player power! USC recruiting weekend At least four commitments from the biggest recruiting weekend of the Lincoln Riley Era. Suzanne Nora Johnson The first female chair of the USC Board of Trustees will fill the considerable shoes of Rick Caruso. How long … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of The Week

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A 50th Anniversary Celebration Fizzles

About a dozen members of the 1972 USC team attended the Salute to Troy for a 50th anniversary recognition of the 12-0 team. That’s a poor showing for what is arguably the best team in USC history. I spoke to a few players who didn’t go and got a common response: The cost of the tickets was an issue especially for those bringing family members … Continue reading A 50th Anniversary Celebration Fizzles

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USC Morning Buzz: What’s Latest On Caleb Williams’ Jersey Number?

Since jersey numbers was a big topic over the weekend, let me just update everyone that quarterback Caleb Williams has still not made a deal with wide receiver Michael Jackson to wear the No. 13. Lincoln Riley told Williams it was his responsibility to get Jackson to relinquish the number. The season-opener is Sept. 3 so Williams has about 10 weeks to reach an agreement. … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: What’s Latest On Caleb Williams’ Jersey Number?

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Recruiting Weekend At Coliseum

While the Salute to Troy took place at Cromwell Field last night, the crazier scene was at the Coliseum. That’s where the recruits and families visiting this weekend were as they did the requisite photo shoots for Instagram, etc. Some of the recruits have probably done 10 photo shoots at USC but that’s the game these days. USC had former players Marcus Allen, Willie McGinest, … Continue reading Recruiting Weekend At Coliseum

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Sunday Buzz: USC Breaks Tradition . . . Again

The news at Saturday night’s Salute to Troy was that wide receiver Jordan Addison will wear No. 3, which was retired after Carson Palmer won the Heisman Trophy. Mike Bohn said Palmer gave permission for Addison to wear No. 3. But that’s really irrelevant. USC needs to decide if a number is retired or not — no exceptions. But it can’t because all it does … Continue reading Sunday Buzz: USC Breaks Tradition . . . Again

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USC Women’s Basketball Adds Seventh Transfer

USC women’s basketball has added its seventh transfer: Okako Adika, a 6-foot guard/forward from TCU. Adika averaged 10.1 points and 5.0 rebounds last season. She also played one season at Butler so USC is her third school. REACTION: It’s really going to be interesting to see how a team with seven transfers gels together in a conference as tough as the Pac-12. Also, no real … Continue reading USC Women’s Basketball Adds Seventh Transfer

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USC Saturday Notes: A Big Weekend Continues

Is USC going to get a commitment this weekend? It has six players ranked No. 1 at their respective positions and seven five-star prospects. I’m sure the fanboys will let us know ASAP. I mentioned John Parkinson designed seven buildings at USC, including the student union below. This is considered the best example of Italian Renaissance architecture on the USC campus. But who designed the … Continue reading USC Saturday Notes: A Big Weekend Continues

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

Dogs, food and perhaps the greatest USC football team of all time. That’s a pretty good trifecta of subjects for this week’s notes column. It will be hard not to be hungry after reading the Restaurants of the Week section today. Spencer Harris, director of player personnel at USC, is going to work for BLVD/Stay Doubted. He was probably best known to fans as the … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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USC Names Replacement For Rick Caruso

Suzanne Nora Johnson has been elected the next Chair of the USC Board of Trustees, effective immediately. Johnson, 65, is co-chair of the Brookings Institution and previously worked for Goldman Sachs. Last week, Brookings was in the news because president John Allen resigned following allegations he illegally lobbied for Qatar. Qatar contributed tens of millions of dollars to Brookings before the funding relationship ended last … Continue reading USC Names Replacement For Rick Caruso

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USC Wants You To “Stay Doubted”

In case you wondered why the new company USC hired is called “Stay Doubted” here is the answer from founder/CEO Michael Jones: We believe in the power of 2 forms of doubt. Self doubt and external doubt. In both forms, it’s because you’re pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. That’s where you grow, so we believe it’s good to embrace doubt and “stay doubted”. … Continue reading USC Wants You To “Stay Doubted”

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USC Morning Buzz: Go Now, Don’t Pay Later

I finally found someone going to Salute to Troy! A donor called me after reading my post yesterday. “I don’t want to go but I got a call from the athletic dept. asking me to buy tickets,” the donor said. “They twisted my arm but now I can say no the next time they call to ask for something that will probably be more expensive.” … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Go Now, Don’t Pay Later

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USC Has New NIL Company To Help Athletes

USC announced a partnership to create NIL opportunities for student-athletes with a company called Stay Doubted. It’s not exactly a new venture because Stay Doubted and BLVD Studios (which already is part of USC) are both run by the creative agency, J1S. Michael Jones, the founder of J1S, is also the CEO of Stay Doubted. Sounds like a good deal for J1S. The NIL opportunities … Continue reading USC Has New NIL Company To Help Athletes

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Anyone Going To Salute To Troy?

Is anyone going to the Salute to Troy this weekend? I haven’t talked to anyone who is going, which surprises me, especially with all the buzz around Lincoln Riley. Some people have told me they definitely aren’t going, a residue of a frustration with USC football the past few seasons. I have to say USC hasn’t done a lot to promote it. USC sent out … Continue reading Anyone Going To Salute To Troy?

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USC Morning Buzz: What Linemen Visit This Weekend?

Since USC took a three-star lineman this week, let’s look at the line prospects who are visiting this weekend: Four-star OT Lucas Simmons of Clearwater, Fla. Four-star OT/DE Terrance Green of Cypress, Texas. Four-star OT Francis Mauigoa of Brandenton, Fla. The question will be whether these prospects want to play in an Air Raid offense and will bypass schools that are closer to home (Alabama, … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: What Linemen Visit This Weekend?

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Fox Analyst Less Bullish On USC

Is Fox analyst Joel Klatt less bullish on USC? In February, he said USC was a “darkhorse pick” for the College Football Playoff. USC has since added more transfers, including wide receiver Jordan Addison, but today Klatt did not list USC among his top 9 teams. But he did include Utah. So USC went from darkhorse College Football Playoff team to not winning the Pac-12. … Continue reading Fox Analyst Less Bullish On USC

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USC Morning Buzz: A Commitment From A . . . Three-Star Lineman

USC received a commitment Monday night from offensive tackle Tobias Raymond of Ventura High School. He is a Class of 2023 prospect. If you don’t like the three-star ranking from 247Sports, Rivals gives Raymond zero stars. He held offers from Arizona, Cal, Colorado State, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State, Washington State and Fresno State. Now maybe Lincoln Riley considers Raymond a hidden gem who … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: A Commitment From A . . . Three-Star Lineman

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USC Basketball Odds Get Worse

I mentioned USC’s lack of transfer activity in the winner’s and losers of the week and BetOnline’s odds released today show the Trojans’ chances of winning the NCAA Tournament are worse than in April following the latest transfer moves. USC is now 80-1. Here are the odds for everyone. 2022 Men’s NCAA Tournament – Odds to Win               4/5/22 4/25/22 6/13/22 Gonzaga 11/1 20/1 8/1 … Continue reading USC Basketball Odds Get Worse

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USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of Week

WINNERS Rick Caruso The election-eve L.A. Times poll had him at 32 percent but he ended up with 42 percent of the vote and advanced to the November general election. Karen Bass She got 38 percent of the vote to ensure a USC-flavored general election for Mayor of Los Angeles. Reggie Bush He’s back on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame. Will … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of Week

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USC Needs A New Sidekick

It’s funny that Mike Bohn felt he needed to do an interview immediately after Brandon Sosna’s departure to the Detroit Lions. Bohn helped create the image that Sosna was vitally important and when Sosna left, it made people overreact. How will USC survive? Well, having money to throw at problems helps. And USC had that for the football hire. Otherwise, Lincoln Riley is not so … Continue reading USC Needs A New Sidekick

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Saturday Buzz: Track Pays Price For Stacking Roster

USC women’s track-and-field, which won the national title 2 of the past 3 years, only had one athlete score points at the NCAA championships today. The Trojans finished tied for 30th in the team standings as Jasmine Jones’ second-place finish was worth all 8 points. Now ordinarily, I might criticize such a showing, but there were mitigating circumstances. With COVID-19 eligibility rules that allowed athletes … Continue reading Saturday Buzz: Track Pays Price For Stacking Roster

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The Friday USC Column Supplement

Jack Del Rio has made headlines all week. It’s caused an ugly incident I never heard about to resurface regarding a fight Del Rio got into with former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Otis Taylor. The scene was the 1987 NFL Player Strike. Del Rio was playing for the Chiefs and picketing with teammates at Arrowhead Stadium. Taylor, who was a scout for the Chiefs … Continue reading The Friday USC Column Supplement

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

It’s obviously important who USC hires as baseball coach. But if you look at the Texas schools, they have bigger coaching staffs and more resources than USC. That will have to change if USC wants to become nationally prominent again no matter who gets hired. Maybe USC can use some of that money it offered Brandon Sosna, who turned down a raise to go to … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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Thursday Buzz: Brandon Sosna Leaves USC

Brandon Sosna, the right-hand man to Mike Bohn since Bohn arrived at USC, has left to become the Detroit Lions’ Senior Director of Football Administration. The unanimous response of the media is that Sosna’s departure is a “big loss” for USC. That’s because if Sosna was adept at anything, it was cultivating the media and selectively leaking information. Every move he made at USC was … Continue reading Thursday Buzz: Brandon Sosna Leaves USC

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Morning Buzz: It’s A USC Win In L.A. Mayor’s Race

Rick Caruso and Karen Bass will face off in November for the L.A. Mayor’s race. Caruso received 42 percent of the vote while Bass received 37 percent in Tuesday’s primary election. You know who wins come November? USC. In the end, isn’t that how it always works in politics? The most powerful always come out ahead. Caruso and Bass both have strong ties to USC. … Continue reading Morning Buzz: It’s A USC Win In L.A. Mayor’s Race

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Let’s Look At Pac-12 Coaching Rankings

The Sporting News put out its ranking of all 131 college football coaches. Here’s the Pac-12: 7. Riley, USC 10. Whittingham, Utah 31. Shaw, Stanford 34. Edwards, ASU 38. Kelly, UCLA 48. Lanning, Oregon 54. Smith, OSU 60. Wilcox, Cal 61. DeBoer, UW 68. Dorrell, Colorado 69. Fisch, Arizona 77. Dickert, WSU REACTION: I don’t know what Herm Edwards did at ASU to be so … Continue reading Let’s Look At Pac-12 Coaching Rankings

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Lincoln Riley Believes USC Can Have Best Roster

Lincoln Riley did an interview with Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports and said he can turn USC into the best team in the nation . . . eventually. “I’ve walked into four playoffs, and I’ve never had better than maybe the third-best roster [of the four teams],” Riley said. “Every other year, we were four of four. We had really good rosters, but they weren’t … Continue reading Lincoln Riley Believes USC Can Have Best Roster

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USC Morning Buzz: A Familiar Omission . . . Again

The 2023 ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame has been released and the USC candidates remain unchanged: tailback Reggie Bush, offensive lineman Jeff Bregel and safety Mark Carrier. It remains a mystery how USC linebacker Chris Claiborne, who won the Butkus Award, is not on the ballot. And the problem with putting Bush on the ballot so early is he sucks up all … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: A Familiar Omission . . . Again

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USC Baseball Candidates

So who will replace USC baseball Jason Gill? Gill was officially fired this morning. Here’s a look at some early candidates: Andrew Checketts, UC Santa Barbara: USC was interested in him three years ago but couldn’t offer enough money to entice him. Things were a lot more cost-conscious under Lynn Swann, however, so if Coach Bohn throws a lot of money at Checketts, he might … Continue reading USC Baseball Candidates