The USC Academic Senate passed a motion calling for President Max Nikias to resign Wednesday night, according to the Daily Trojan. The motion passed with 30 yes votes, zero no votes, and five abstentions. The Academic Senate represents USC’s faculty. Continue reading USC Academic Senate Passes Resolution For Max Nikias To Resign
This is obviously old news to everyone but USC announced it will play Alabama in 2020 at AT&T Stadium. Alabama is getting $6 million. USC’s pay out is not announced but probably in the $4-5 million range. To speculate on this game now would probably be foolish. Will Clay Helton be the coach in 2020? Will Nick Saban even be at Alabama then? About the … Continue reading USC-Alabama Make It Official
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
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
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
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
Athlon’s preseason Top 25 is out and USC is ranked No. 21. Seems reasonable. But maybe the more important part is the teams ranked ahead of the Trojans: Texas is No. 20; Stanford is No.18; Notre Dame is No. 15 and Washington is No. 8. Meanwhile, USC has opened as a 27-point favorites over UNLV per BetOnline sportsbook. Buy your tickets for that game now! Continue reading USC Ranked No. 21 By Athlon
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
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
USC point guard Larry Friend, who passed away Tuesday, was an integral part of two of the best victories I witnessed over crosstown rival UCLA in 1985. The Trojans defeated the Bruins, 78-77, in double overtime at the Sports Arena on Feb. 1. The rematch on Feb. 28 was even better. The two teams went four overtimes at Pauley Pavilion. The score was tied, 78-78, … Continue reading A Larry Friend Memory
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
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
Alabama is due to receive $6 million to play USC again at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 5, 2020, according to a copy of the Crimson Tide contract. The amount USC will be paid is unknown at this time. Alabama will be the home team and USC the visiting team (again). Broadcast rights will be assigned to the SEC, which means CBS or … Continue reading USC-Alabama Game In 2020 Appears Set
Here’s an over/under for USC and many other schools from BetOnline.ag. USC is only 7.5. Must be the schedule and quarterback situation. That is probably going to shock some people. Continue reading Morning Buzz: USC Over/Under Is Lower Than You Think
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?
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?
Some Wednesday morning notes: Remember when last year’s Washington-Stanford game got bumped to Fox Sports 2 because truck racing ran too long? That was a major embarrassment for the Pac-12 because many in Seattle do not even get Fox Sports 2. Well, from now on, when a game gets bumped, it will go to Fox Business Channel, which is available in more homes. I would … Continue reading Wednesday Notes
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
Former Rams coach Chuck Knox died Saturday at age 86. Here’s a story with a USC connection. One day, when John McKay was coaching at USC, he told his staff they were going to Julie’s restaurant to have a few drinks with Chuck Knox and the Rams staff. The coaching staffs had a drinking contest in a private room, which was won by the USC … Continue reading Time For A Chuck Knox-John McKay Story
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
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
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
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
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
USC defeated Stanford, 5-4, to win the NCAA championship in women’s water polo. It was the Trojans’ second NCAA title in three years. USC’s won 105 national championships, which is No. 3 overall. Stanford and UCLA have won 116 national titles. Continue reading USC Wins Women’s Water Polo Title
In 1930, Tommy Trojan was unveiled. But it was not called Tommy Trojan. It was the Trojan shrine. Actor George Arliss unveiled the statue. And then you could purchase a miniature version from “The Students Store” in the above ad for $2.10. Continue reading USC Ad Of The Day
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
Legendary USC assistant coach Marv Goux leads defensive linemen through a drill during 1966 spring practice. This is when USC practiced on the old Bovard Field, as you can see the Bovard Administration Building in the background. Continue reading USC Picture Of The Day
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
Alabama coach Bear Bryant and USC coach John McKay were not only legendary coaches but good friends. McKay certainly got along with Bryant much better than Stanford coach John Ralston. So here is a story told me by a former USC administrator: One day, Bryant showed up at USC and came to McKay’s office. Bryant had been in Las Vegas and took a private plane … Continue reading A Bear Bryant-John McKay Story
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
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?
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
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
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
Harry How/Getty Images Cal tailback Tre Watson announced he will transfer to Texas, where he will be eligible next season. That means Watson, who gained 33 yards and caught a 22-yard TD pass in 2016 vs. USC, will face the Trojans again on Sept. 15. Continue reading USC Gets To Face Same Tailback At Two Schools
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
USC linebacker Jack Del Rio sacks Oklahoma quarterback Kelly Phelps during the Trojans’ 12-0 victory over the Sooners in 1982. Linebacker Riki Gray had 13 tackles while safety Joey Browner had 10. Continue reading USC Picture Of The Day
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?
USC is one of only four schools with more than one player selected in the NFL draft and more than one player invited to the NBA official combine. The others are UCLA, Miami and Maryland. Former USC coach Todd McNair received a $240,000 settlement from USC in 2011. The Pac-12 is considering eliminating the idea of travel partners in basketball. That means USC and UCLA … Continue reading USC Saturday Notes
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
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
It wasn’t that long ago that if you went to USC and wanted to eat dinner, you had a couple choices: Julie’s and Margarita Jones. That were across the street from each other but Margarita Jones didn’t have the tradition like Julie’s, although it could get pretty crowded some nights. Continue reading USC Restaurant Of The Day
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
ESPN’s post-spring Top 25 poll is out and USC is ranked No. 17. It seems like the polls are settling USC into the 15-20 range. Washington is ranked No. 6; Stanford is No. 14 and Oregon is No. 24. The Ducks were unranked previously but the addition of wide receiver Tabari Hines probably helped. Continue reading USC Ranked No. 17 In ESPN Poll
Sam Darnold is going to wear No. 14 with the New York Jets. Maybe that is to be expected. But unlike many players, I can guarantee Darnold did not demand to wear No. 14. When he arrived at USC, he did not make any demands for a jersey number, which is different than many recruits. Just think of all the numbers USC has worn by … Continue reading Sam Darnold Keeps No. 14
Why did Cleveland take Baker Mayfield over Sam Darnold? Here’s what Browns vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith said according to the Canton Respository. Continue reading Why Cleveland Didn’t Take Sam Darnold
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?
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?