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Morning Buzz: No Team Needs Game Ready Receivers More Than USC

You know why it’s important that freshman wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is already looking ready to go as a big-time receiver this season, just like Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and JuJu Smith-Schuster were during their first training camps? Because Tee Martin doesn’t exactly develop receivers. So USC needs guys like St. Brown, who are game ready their first day of college practice. Have you seen … Continue reading Morning Buzz: No Team Needs Game Ready Receivers More Than USC

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Cornerback Competition Heats Up

Clay Helton said after today’s practice Greg Johnson is giving Isaiah Langley competition for the starting spot at cornerback. Wonder if Langley (No. 24) giving up two touchdowns to Amon-Ra St. Brown (see below) on Saturday had anything to do with it? USC true freshman WR @amonra_stbrown made 3 TD catches in today’s Coliseum scrimmage.@USCCoachHelton: “Ooh, mercy. What a nice day he had today.”#FightOn pic.twitter.com/6dij3BHIET … Continue reading Cornerback Competition Heats Up

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Todd McNair Wants A New Trial

Todd McNair’s lawyers plan to seek a new trial on his defamation claim, according to a legal brief filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court. A jury voted 9-3 in May the NCAA didn’t defame McNair. McNair’s lawyers field a brief Monday that asked HJudge Frederick Shaller to declare a one-year “show-cause” penalty against McNair by the NCAA infractions committee in 2010 to be invalid … Continue reading Todd McNair Wants A New Trial

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USC Morning Buzz: Time To Name Starter?

I spoke to a USC coach this weekend who told me some of the staff wish freshman JT Daniels would be named the starting quarterback now. Why? Because Daniels has clearly been the best quarterback and naming a starter today would end the suspense and allow the team to prepare for the first game with its starting quarterback known. Clay Helton said Saturday he might … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Time To Name Starter?

JT Daniels, Amon-Ra St. Brown Shine In USC Scrimmage

USC’s top quarterback and wide receiver appear to be freshmen: JT Daniels completed 10 of 12 passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions while fellow Mater Dei teammate Amon-Ra St. Brown caught three TD passes in the Trojans’ first scrimmage of training camp. “Oooh mercy, what a nice day he had today,” Clay Helton  said of St. Brown. St. Brown is not like the recent batch … Continue reading JT Daniels, Amon-Ra St. Brown Shine In USC Scrimmage

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USC Saturday Buzz

USC will scrimmage today at the Coliseum. Each quarterback will have two drives to showcase their skills. Again, though, the coaches have confidence in JT Daniels. So unless someone else can be better than Daniels, they will have a tough time beating him out. The biggest thing Jack Sears and Matt Fink have going for them is Clay Helton’s cautious nature. Defensive back Jamel Cook, who … Continue reading USC Saturday Buzz

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New USC Title, Heisman Odds

USC’s odds to win are currently 60-1 according to Bovada. That’s actually worse than back in January when USC’s odds were 33-1. Meanwhile, Stephen Carr’s Heisman odds are 100-1. All odds are below: Odds to Win the 2019 CFP National Championship                                     1/9/18               Current Odds (8/9/18) Alabama                       11/4 … Continue reading New USC Title, Heisman Odds

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USC Morning Buzz: Personnel Thoughts

If USC played a game today, here is the starting secondary: Iman Marshall, Ajene Harris and Isaiah Langley at cornerback. Marvell Tell and Bubba Bolden. That’s a solid group but not dominating. Do you disagree? The problem is the hype for the entire defense seems a bit much heading into the season and I mention the secondary because to doesn’t blow anyone away. Maybe if a … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Personnel Thoughts

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USC Picture Of The Day

Here are USC players lined up for ABC-TV before playing No. 1-ranked Iowa at the Coliseum in 1961. USC fell behind 21-0 and trailed 35-20 with less than five minutes remaining. USC trailed 35-28 when quarterback Bill Nelsen threw a 5-yard TD pass to wide receiver Hal Bedsole with 48 seconds remaining. The pair connected on a 71-yard TD pass and 2-point conversion to make … Continue reading USC Picture Of The Day

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Interception Update

Jack Sears and Matt Fink threw interceptions today, which makes it even easier for Clay Helton to name JT Daniels the starter. Of course, two years ago Sam Darnold threw far fewer interceptions than Max Browne and it did not matter. But lesson learned. Meanwhile, Porter Gustin was carted off the field after injuring his knee. He tried to walk it off before being taken … Continue reading Interception Update

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Max Nikias Officially Resigns

USC president Max Nikias officially resigned today according to Rick Caruso, chairperson of the Board of Trustees. The interim president will be Wanda Austin, who is a member of the Board of Trustees and former president of the Aerospace Corporation. And now for the aggravating part: Nikias will be inducted as President Emeritus and Life Trustee of the University. Everyone gets a golden parachute at USC. Continue reading Max Nikias Officially Resigns

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USC Morning Buzz: Quarterbacks Always Lead The Way

Although Jack Sears has improved, JT Daniels is the not-at-all surprising leader three days into training camp Have you heard much about Matt Fink? The table is being set for Daniels to start the UNLV game, where he will get a test run and then face the tough road games at Stanford and Texas. Frankly, even if Daniels were not ahead, I think he would … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Quarterbacks Always Lead The Way

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USC Afternoon Notes

Linebacker Maninoa Tufono of Honolulu committed to USC. He is a four-star prospect who had 40 offers. Wide receiver Koy Moore is supposed to commit to USC tonight at 6, I’m told. Some former USC players in the news: Wide receiver De’Quan Hampton and offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers are among the first 100 players to sign with the Alliance of American Football signing with the San Diego … Continue reading USC Afternoon Notes

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

USC opens training camp today at Howard Jones Field. The first practice is almost always uneventful. They are not bad nor does anyone really stand out significantly in first practices. They are mainly a way to set the tone for the camp with the energy level and pace the most important things to keep an eye on. it also will be more important once full … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A Notes Column

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With Training Camp About To Start, Remember Playcalling

Former USC QB coach Tyson Helton, now the offensive coordinator at Tennessee, said today he received a text message from USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin that read, “I’m pulling for you.” Martin, of course, is a former Tennessee quarterback. But it would be a lot more interesting if Martin sent him a text saying, “Will someone else call the pass plays like at USC?” Or … Continue reading With Training Camp About To Start, Remember Playcalling

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USC Ranked No. 15 In Coaches’ Poll

Talk about predictable. Everyone talks about USC being a top 15 team and that is exactly where the Trojans are ranked in the first coaches’ poll. This poll would be a lot more interesting if the coaches made their ballot public. Clay Helton is once again a voter. All the voters and the poll are below.   1. Alabama (61 first-place votes) 2. Clemson (3) … Continue reading USC Ranked No. 15 In Coaches’ Poll

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USC Morning Buzz: Thursday Notes

Will Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s final game be the Cotton Bowl victory over USC? Meyer is on paid administrative leave at Ohio State following a report Meyer knew about a domestic violence incident involving a former Buckeyes assistant in 2015. The game seems to have made a lasting impact on USC. Porter Gustin said at Pac-12 media day the Trojans were not as big, … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Thursday Notes

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The Backwards Nature Of Recruiting

Several players already committed to USC — cornerback Chris Steele, wide receiver Drake London, wide receiver Munir McClain — announced today they were officially offered by USC. Say what? If they committed then they were previously offered a scholarship, right? Or is this some new social media thing, where you get an “official” offer after you commit, so you have one more thing to brag … Continue reading The Backwards Nature Of Recruiting

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Les Moonves’ Name Temporarily Removed From Media Center

I mentioned a couple days ago the awkward situation created by the fact CBS CEO Les Moonves has his name on the USC journalism media center at Annenberg Hall. Now Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen, have asked for their names to be removed. ”In recognition of the sensitivities surrounding recent allegations against Mr. Moonves, he and Ms. Chen have requested that USC Annenberg temporarily … Continue reading Les Moonves’ Name Temporarily Removed From Media Center

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USC Faculty Wants Max Nikias To Formally Resign

It’s been two months since USC announced school president Max Nikias would step down but many faculty members are wondering why it’s taking so long as the fall semester starts in three weeks. More than 670 faculty members signed a letter calling for a “formal resignation.” The faculty is concerned that no interim president has been named and almost nothing has been said about a … Continue reading USC Faculty Wants Max Nikias To Formally Resign

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Another USC Donor In The News

You know about the medical school scandal. And the health center scandal. And Cinema School rejecting a $5 million donation from Harvey Weinstein. Let’s remember that CBS CEO Les Moonves, recently accused of sexual misconduct by six women, has his name on the 20,000-square foot media center at the Wallis Annenberg Center. His wife, Julie Chen, and CBS also have their name on the center. Continue reading Another USC Donor In The News

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USC Morning Buzz: Larry Scott Defends Pac-12

Pac-12 media day always features commissioner Larry Scott making some comments that defy common sense. Here was Scott on the Pac-12’s 1-8 bowl record: “A handful of season-ending games are not an indicator of a conference’s overall strength.” Nine games might be a handful but eight losses are not, unless you are an awful football program. More importantly, is that Scott’s takeaway from the bowl … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Larry Scott Defends Pac-12

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USC Picked To Win Pac-12 South, Washington The Pac-12

The Pac-12 preseason media poll is out! As expected, USC was picked to win the Pac-12 South but it was close with Utah. And Washington was an overwhelming choice to win the Pac-12 overall, with 37 of 42 votes. Here are the results: North Division                                 South Division 1.   Washington … Continue reading USC Picked To Win Pac-12 South, Washington The Pac-12

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United Airlines Deal Always Delivers

The Wall Street Journal asked several airlines CEO’s to fly on their tightest coach seats. Delta and American airlines took up the paper on the offer. Who did not? United CEO Oscar Munoz. He is a USC graduate and member of the Board of Trustees. And he is responsible for the United Airlines Coliseum naming rights. He never seems to run out of ways to … Continue reading United Airlines Deal Always Delivers

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USC Early Evening Notes

USC will not be a unanimous pick to win the Pac-12 South when the media poll is revealed Wednesday morning. Adam Jude of the Seattle Times picks Utah to win the South. Mycah Pittman, the younger brother of USC wide receiver Michael Pittman, has committed to Oregon. Lincoln Kennedy, the father of former USC offensive tackle Zach Banner, will be the Raiders’ new radio analyst, … Continue reading USC Early Evening Notes

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USC Morning Buzz: Is Winning The Pac-12 A Great Accomplishment?

A reader tweeted me this comment: “The haters will lose their minds if we win the Pac12 this year w/o Sam (Darnold).” My response was it would hardly be a huge accomplishment to win the Pac-12 when you have perhaps the most-hyped quarterback ever at USC. Besides, this is the Pac-12. It ain’t exactly the SEC. Remember, teams like Arizona have gotten to the Pac-12 … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Is Winning The Pac-12 A Great Accomplishment?

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USC Quarterback Shakedown Looks Set

USC is considered the top choice for two of the nation’s best quarterbacks in the Class of 2020: St. John Bosco’s DJ Uiagalelei and Mater Dei’s Bryce Young. But here is what is expected to happen: Young commits to USC on Wednesday. Uiagalelei, who would be foolish to pick the same school, then decides to go somewhere else like Clemson. Now neither of these guys has even started … Continue reading USC Quarterback Shakedown Looks Set