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USC Morning Buzz: Rumors Flying Edition

There was so much gossip emanating from the McKay Center/Heritage Hall on Monday as Lincoln Riley and Co. debuted on campus. Maybe the biggest rumor was that Riley was bringing star QB Caleb Williams to USC. There was also talk assistant coach Donte Williams was unlikely to return. Another was that Riley was going to clean house in some non-coaching areas. We will see. Did … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Rumors Flying Edition

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Lincoln Riley Press Conference Live Blog

Rick Caruso and Carol Folt are here, naturally. Success has many fathers, as they say. Caruso credits Folt for turning around university and athletics. Mike Bohn thanks Brandon Sosna for “securing the nation’s top coach.” Nick Saban? Caruso, with empty Coliseum as backdrop, says it’s the last time the Coliseum will be empty. Did you see the people picking up trash in the background? Lincoln … Continue reading Lincoln Riley Press Conference Live Blog

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Lincoln Riley Will Be Unveiled In Different Place

USC usually has its press conferences to introduce a new coach on campus. But Lincoln Riley will be unveiled in the Scholarship Club Tower at the Coliseum. And guess who will be there? Carol Folt. Success has many fathers, as they say. Maybe it’s in the Coliseum Tower because USC wants to get its money’s worth from the new structure after so few people used … Continue reading Lincoln Riley Will Be Unveiled In Different Place

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USC Morning Buzz: Can Lincoln Riley Start Today?

I hope Lincoln Riley can start this week at USC. He has a lot to do: Instill discipline, get rid of coaches/support staff that need to go, clean up the roster and start looking for new offensive/defensive linemen. Obviously, no coaches will be fired this week with USC playing Cal on Saturday, but Riley will start hiring his own staff. ESPN reported Sunday night that … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Can Lincoln Riley Start Today?

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Why Lincoln Riley To USC Makes Perfect Sense

There is a brilliance on the part of Lincoln Riley taking the USC job. His star was fading a bit at Oklahoma this season and he knows the Sooners are eventually moving to a Super 16-team SEC. The Sooners job is getting harder. Instead, he can grab the low-hanging fruit of the USC job, where winning a mediocre Pac-12 title will be heartily cheered by … Continue reading Why Lincoln Riley To USC Makes Perfect Sense

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Lincoln Riley Coming To USC Per Reports

USC in finalizing a deal to hire Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley in the next 24 hours according to multiple reports. It was first reported by Pete Thamel of Yahoo. This would be a blockbuster hire. Riley makes $7.6 million at Oklahoma and would probably make at least $9 million at USC. It’s the kind of hire that will shake up the Pac-12 and Riley has … Continue reading Lincoln Riley Coming To USC Per Reports

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USC Sunday Buzz: Late-Night Follies

Did Carol Folt forget USC plays Cal next weekend? Here is what she tweeted — and deleted — last night. If that wasn’t enough, the announced attendance at the Coliseum was 55,926. I repeat, the announced attendance was 55,926. Just look at this photo for a laugh: BYU wins the toss and defers. USC will start on offense. Crowd during the coin flip is sparse … Continue reading USC Sunday Buzz: Late-Night Follies

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USC Morning Buzz: An Update On Matt Campbell

A source in the USC athletic dept. said this morning that conversations with Iowa State coach Matt Campbell took place before Friday’s final regular-season game for the Cyclones. There were some initial snags in luring Campbell to USC but more conversations are expected to take place this weekend to see if any differences can be resolved. “There’s more opportunities to talk, which is good,” the … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: An Update On Matt Campbell

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Don’t Let One Game Determine A Coaching Search

I had a frustrating conversation with a #USC athletic dept. official in Nov., 2015: USC wanted Clay Helton over Kyle Whittingham because Trojans had beaten No. 3 Utah that season, 42-24. I never understand people who base opinions on one game — InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) November 26, 2021 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js This happened at halftime of the USC-Oregon game in 2015 and I actually was pretty annoyed during/after … Continue reading Don’t Let One Game Determine A Coaching Search

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

USC is about to play its final home game of the season against BYU, so naturally the biggest topic this week is the Trojans’ coaching search. One problem is some people who write the most about this topic have ZERO sources. So they anointed Dave Aranda a few weeks ago and now are banging the drum for Matt Campbell, pretending he has just emerged. Campbell … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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USC Morning Buzz: Multiple Reports Say Dave Aranda Staying At Baylor

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a quiet news day. But two respected journalists — Pete Thamel of Yahoo and Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated — are reporting Dave Aranda has told Baylor he intends to remain as head coach. Now people can always change their minds but if Aranda stays at Baylor it will be crushing to the media fanboys who have maintained he was … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Multiple Reports Say Dave Aranda Staying At Baylor

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Four-Star QB Decommits From USC

Devin Brown, the highly touted QB who has been committed to USC, changed his mind today. Brown just took visits to Ohio State and Texas so this is not a surprise. But the USC recruiting class is in shambles until a new coach comes and tries to get some commitments. Thank you USC for everything. No lost love. pic.twitter.com/ZLwvaH5iSc — Devin Brown (@dbrownqb33) November 25, … Continue reading Four-Star QB Decommits From USC

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Morning Buzz: USC-UCLA Report Card

QUARTERBACK Jaxson Dart showed glimpses of his potential but looks like a QB who hasn’t been givene enough reps in practice and is now being forced into the lineup through injury. This is because the coaches tried to make two quarterbacks happy. Grade: C+ RUNNING BACKS The ground game wasn’t a problem but it couldn’t keep pace with the way USC’s defense was letting UCLA … Continue reading Morning Buzz: USC-UCLA Report Card

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What James Franklin’s Big New Contract Means

James Franklin received a 10-year contract from Penn State today at $8.5 million per season. The school buyout is his full remaining salary plus a loan. His buyout if he leaves this year is $12 million this year, $8 million next year and $6 million in 2023. Translation: Franklin wanted the USC or LSU jobs but knew he wasn’t getting them. So he went for … Continue reading What James Franklin’s Big New Contract Means

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USC Morning Buzz: Carol Folt Steering Clear Of Search?

USC president Carol Folt told some donors last weekend that she will not be involved in the football coaching search. This is similar to what Steven Sample and Max Nikias would say when there was a coaching search. And remember, Folt said “no” when asked if there were any limitations on what Mike Bohn could or could not do with the football coaching position in … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Carol Folt Steering Clear Of Search?

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How Long Does Culture Change Take?

Donte Williams wasn't able to save #USC's football season, but it was probably unrealistic to think anyone could. "It’s hard to change culture during the middle of the season. You change something at a program culturally, it usually takes about 2 years."https://t.co/rK5xn2kwXN — Ryan Young (@RyanYoungRivals) November 22, 2021 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js I guess I need to point out (again) that Ed Orgeron took over from Lane … Continue reading How Long Does Culture Change Take?

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An Underreported Aspect Of The New Coliseum

I cannot believe more fans have not complained about the seats at the renovated Coliseum. They are smaller than the old seats and when people sit on each side of you it is really a tight fit. The seats are like those used in European soccer stadiums: Cheap and small. If I got my seats moved following the renovation and paid for season tickets, I … Continue reading An Underreported Aspect Of The New Coliseum

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Morning Buzz: USC Winners And Losers Of Week

WINNERS Declan Manz The 12-year-old (supposed) USC fan got Dorian Thompson-Robinson to autograph a UCLA hat after the QB scored a TD Saturday. Chip Kelly He can’t beat teams with winning records but a bad team like USC is no problem for him. BYU Little did they know when they scheduled USC for a Thanksgiving game how gutless the Trojans would play this season. Justin … Continue reading Morning Buzz: USC Winners And Losers Of Week

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Sunday Buzz: Some Incredibly Poor Decisions Haunt USC

Mike Bohn should be able to hire a pretty good coach after the season. But some of his decisions have been reprehensible. People might forget how hands on he was (with Brandon Sosna) in the hiring of coaches for Clay Helton. Specifically, they brought in Todd Orlando as defensive coordinator. How does that look today? He is definitely one of the worst defensive coordinators in … Continue reading Sunday Buzz: Some Incredibly Poor Decisions Haunt USC

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Discuss The USC-UCLA Debacle

What a disaster. USC gave up 62 points to UCLA, the most the Bruins scored in the series. USC gave up 609 yards in offense to to UCLA. The defense was putrid. It provided no rush on the quarterback, which made the secondary even worse. Did Drake Jackson play? I guess only in third-and-long situations. There was an offensive series where USC had a first-and-goal … Continue reading Discuss The USC-UCLA Debacle

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

It’s tempting to say the rivalry is at a low point this week. But is it any worse than any of the recent games? How many people really cared in 2016, 2017 or 2018? Both programs have provided plenty of reasons to ignore them and this year is no different. The disappointment for some fans is that even after Clay Helton got fired, the coaches … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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USC Morning Buzz: Teach Some Rivalry Lessons, Please

I understand that Donte Williams is over his head trying to be interim coach, especially when he gets no help from his coordinators. But then defensive end Nick Figueroa made this comment to the L.A. Times: “The rest of this season aside, you win this game, it’s a successful year.” Figueroa is a JC transfer so I don’t expect him to be an expert on … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Teach Some Rivalry Lessons, Please

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USC-UCLA Picture Of Day

It’s the 1981 Crosstown Rivalry at the Coliseum. Below, here’s an excellent photo of George Achica’s most famous USC moment, as he blocked Norm Johnson’s 46-yard field-goal attempt to preserve the Trojans’ 22-21 victory. Achica missed the previous two series with a slightly separated shoulder but Marv Goux put him back in for the field goal. Charles Ussery and Dennis Edwards went low to open a hole for Achica. The photo … Continue reading USC-UCLA Picture Of Day

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USC Morning Buzz: Recruiting Is A Pac-12 Issue

I’ve always been a believer that it’s way more important to hire a good coach than try to worry about one recruiting class being hurt because of the transition. But the Pac-12 as a whole seems to have a bit of a dilemma. There are already coaching openings at USC, Washington and Washington State. UCLA and Arizona State could open up. Who ever knows what … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Recruiting Is A Pac-12 Issue

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Jaxson Dart To Start Vs. UCLA

Donte Williams has trouble making decisions about who starts/plays QB for USC but the decision appears to be taken away from him this week. Williams said Monday night that Jaxson Dart will start against UCLA because Kedon Slovis has been unable to fully practice due to a leg injury. I suspect Williams is relieved because now he can focus on one quarterback playing without trying … Continue reading Jaxson Dart To Start Vs. UCLA

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It’s Crosstown Rivalry Week!

With the Crosstown Rivalry this week, here’s a picture of the 1977 game. With all the complaints about ESPN’s broadcast quality of Pac-12 games, why hasn’t the media pressed Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff about it? They fawned over Kliavkoff for months but isn’t this the type of issue a commissioner can influence? Drake London was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award. I’m a … Continue reading It’s Crosstown Rivalry Week!

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USC Morning Buzz: Silliness Watch

It’s no surprise USC lost the commitment of Domani Jackson. He wants to sign in mid-December and there’s no sign of a new coach being hired yet. But I spoke to a parent of a recruit who recently visited USC and they completely unimpressed. “They (the coaches) were very immature,” the parent said. “It didn’t feel like what you would expect from a visit to … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Silliness Watch

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Five-Star Prospect Decommits From USC

The big shoe finally dropped in recruiting. Five-star cornerback Domani Jackson of Mater Dei told 247Sports he has decommitted from USC. “With USC, it’s hard because they don’t have a head coach and likely won’t until early December,” Jackson told 247. “I’m going to be signing during the Early Signing Period so I’ll still have a couple of weeks to get to know the new … Continue reading Five-Star Prospect Decommits From USC

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If You Ordered A UCLA Game Tailgate Permit, Check Your Spam

USC fans who ordered a tailgate permit for the UCLA game are complaining:  The e-mail with the permit always goes to SPAM The e-mail for the UCLA game had the wrong game day date on it (Nov. 19 instead of Nov. 20). And the confirmation email references this weekend’s Cal game TWICE … as if it was still going to be played. Other than that, … Continue reading If You Ordered A UCLA Game Tailgate Permit, Check Your Spam

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USC Morning Buzz: Stress-Free Saturday

Well, it’s a stress-free Saturday as USC does not play today. That means you can watch college football and have people speculate about who will be the USC coach. I’m curious how many fans/students that intended to go on the Weekender to Berkeley will still go on Dec. 4? The Trojans practice today but it is closed to the media and no interviews are allowed. … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Stress-Free Saturday

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

Some of the know-nothings decried the position of Cincinnati in the initial College Football Playoff rankings and said it was good news for USC’s pursuit of Luke Fickell. But the Bearcats are No. 5 in the latest rankings and that looks like a decent position. Do you think Oregon will beat Utah twice, Oregon State and Washington State? Will Ohio State win out? If the … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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USC Morning Buzz: Someone Is Giving Bad Media Advice

If USC interim coach Donte Williams thinks this is a rehearsal for the day in the future when he becomes a head coach, he needs to stop listening to whoever is advising him on media availability. He is not available today. USC will practice Friday and Saturday and Williams/the team will not be available. Williams will not be available Sunday or Monday. He will not … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Someone Is Giving Bad Media Advice