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Time For Some Sunday Notes

CBS Sports NCAA Tournament guru Jerry Palm currently has USC as a No. 7-seed in his mock bracket. The Trojans play LSU in the first round. Five-star cornerback Will Johnson committed to Michigan. The Michigan native also considered Ohio State and USC as his final choices. I didn’t hear every comment Bill Walton made during Saturday night’s USC-Utah game but he mentioned former Utes coach … Continue reading Time For Some Sunday Notes

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USC Sunday Buzz: The Same Problems Keep Happening

I’ve tried to avoid being too critical of Andy Enfield this season but a lot of problems I’ve railed against the past eight seasons were on display this week. Evan Mobley might be a generational talent for USC but he can disappear at times. And the problem here is that Enfield’s offense does not really cater to a big man. It never has and that … Continue reading USC Sunday Buzz: The Same Problems Keep Happening

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USC Saturday Buzz: Coach Bohn Takes An L

I didn’t watch the USC-UCLA women’s basketball game Friday night. But I saw the score: UCLA 93, USC 51. I believe that is the worst loss in the series since UCLA defeated USC, 94-49, in 1977. At least that USC team had an excuse. It was its first season as a college basketball team. I don’t know what the excuse was last night. Maybe Coach … Continue reading USC Saturday Buzz: Coach Bohn Takes An L

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Notes: USC Loses Recruit To Arizona State

Larry Turner-Gooden, a four-star safety from St. Bernard High School, committed to Arizona State today. USC was one of his final choices. Here’s a reason he chose the Sun Devils. “Then you have my old high school coach, Chris Claiborne, who I played for my first two years at Calabasas and that was huge for me too,” Turner-Gooden told 247Sports. “My whole family loves him … Continue reading Notes: USC Loses Recruit To Arizona State

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

I often write about the over-representation of coaches connected to Texas on the USC coaching staff. There are currently 11 coaches with Texas ties. But here’s another trend I find troubling for the coaching staff: USC coach Clay Helton is a former quarterback. Offensive coordinator Graham Harrell is a former quarterback. Running backs coach Mike Jinks is a former quarterback. Offensive line coach Clay McGuire … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A Friday Notes Column

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Mel Kiper Loves Alijah Vera-Tucker

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper is so high on USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker that he has him to the Minnesota Vikings with the 14th pick in the NFL Draft in his mock draft. Excerpt: “I’ll stick with Vera-Tucker here because of his versatility. He played guard before moving to left tackle for USC last season. He impressed there and rocketed up draft boards. I … Continue reading Mel Kiper Loves Alijah Vera-Tucker

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USC Morning Buzz: Even Little Decisions Prove Tough

One of the funnier aspects of the USC football, for those on the inside, is how few decisions Clay Helton makes. I’m not even talking about the ones being made by his superiors like hiring assistant coaches. I’m talking about little decisions, that Helton still gets to make, which he continually farms out to a support staff member. I could name him but it’s not … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Even Little Decisions Prove Tough

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A Lynn Swann Sighting

Former USC athletic director Lynn Swann keeps a low profile. But he is making a semi-public appearance by doing something he doesn’t enjoy: Signing autographs. It doesn’t appear as though Swann will actually mingle with the public. The event involves him signing items and then mailing them to the public. Perfect for Swann. You can get an autographed mini-helmet for $269. His last autograph show … Continue reading A Lynn Swann Sighting

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USC Picture Of The Day

Here’s linebacker Ed Gutierrez tackling Oregon State QB Scott Richardson in USC’s 56-0 victory at the Coliseum in 1976. Gutierrez, running back Lynn Cain and quarterback Walt Ransom were on the 1976 team and also played on the California state championship team at East Los Angeles College. Gutierrez ranked seventh in minutes played among defensive players and intercepted two passes in 1976. Continue reading USC Picture Of The Day

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USC Notes: Don’t Look Now Another Texas Coach On Staff

USC has hired from Texas safety John Bonney as a quality control analyst. That means there are now 11 coaches on staff who have some Texas ties (native, played there, etc.). It might be the most insular coaching staff in the nation. UCLA announced it will play Alabama State (2022) and North Carolina Central (2023). That means USC and Notre Dame will be the only … Continue reading USC Notes: Don’t Look Now Another Texas Coach On Staff

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USC Morning Buzz: A Coaching Story And Workout Evaluation

In today’s USC newsletter, I have a must-read item on a halftime adjustment (or lack thereof). And I name the coach. You can read it too if you sign up here. And then you can come back and discuss it here. I find it amazing. It just backs up my theory about the USC football program being sideways. Which brings me to the offseason workouts. … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: A Coaching Story And Workout Evaluation

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What’s The Status Of The USC Defensive Line?

Even though the decision of nose tackle Marlon Tuipulotu to turn pro was a no-brainer, I’m told it surprised USC coaches. Probably because it hurts the defensive line, which is still a question mark despite the hype of incoming defensive end Korey Foreman. The USC coaches think Alabama transfer Ishmael Sopsher will replace Tuipulotu and say they have no linemen built like him. But Alabama … Continue reading What’s The Status Of The USC Defensive Line?

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Tuesday Notes: Will USC Be In New EA Sports Game?

USC is currently one of nine schools that is not part of the partnership for the new EA Sports College Football video game. Before getting excited, I suspect USC wants to cut its own deal. Do you really think USC would not be in the game with all the recruiting implications and bragging that could be done on social media with a the new game? … Continue reading Tuesday Notes: Will USC Be In New EA Sports Game?

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USC Morning Buzz: Some Positions Cry Out For Immediate Help

USC’s had an active transfer market but the Trojans’ greatest need — an offensive tackle — has not yet been filled. And they could use a linebacker too. Those positions require transfers more than wide receiver or tailback, where USC brought players in already. The best offensive tackles in the portal — Wanya Morris, Doug Nester — went to Oklahoma and West Virginia, respectively. The … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Some Positions Cry Out For Immediate Help

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USC Coaching Harmony 101

If you haven’t signed up for the USC newsletter, here’s an excerpt from one item: During a game last season, a coordinator did something Clay Helton did not like, and I’m told at halftime, Helton said, “This is my program and I’m in charge. We’ll do it my way.” The coaching source who told me this said the coordinator listened begrudgingly but he wasn’t sure … Continue reading USC Coaching Harmony 101

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USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of The Week

WINNERS USC students After paying full tuition for this virtual school year, they were informed that USC is planning “in-person classes and residential life” in 2021-22. USC men’s water polo The Trojans defeated No. 2-ranked UCLA, 9-4, Sunday to improve their overall record to 4-7. Jeff Martin Another LSU refugee who wanted to move to Southern California and he gets to make six figures doing … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of The Week

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Sunday Buzz: Crosstown Rivalry Heats Up

You know USC beat UCLA in football and the first meeting in men’s basketball. But some other sports are not carrying their weight recently. Men’s water polo plays UCLA today and is only 1-2 against the Bruins this season. Men’s volleyball is 1-2 vs. UCLA after dropping two matches in the past three days. Women’s basketball is 0-1 vs. UCLA. No one really pays attention … Continue reading Sunday Buzz: Crosstown Rivalry Heats Up

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USC 7-Game Winning Streak Ends

Looks like Coach Bohn’s post-game speech on Thursday night had a big impact. Arizona post players Azuolas Tubelis and Jordan Brown bested the Mobley brothers. Brown had 19 points and 13 rebounds while Tubelis had 16 points and 15 rebounds. The loss snapped USC’s seven-game winning streak and perfect February. USC was outrebounded, 43-36. Evan Mobley had 23 points and five rebounds but scored only … Continue reading USC 7-Game Winning Streak Ends

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Saturday Notes: More Staff News

Oregon has promoted Kodi Look to director of football operations. I’ve heard USC assistant Donte Williams, who knew her when he was at Oregon, was previously interested in hiring Look. USC has hired former center Toa Lobendahn as a defensive graduate assistant. Remember when Clay Helton said, “Toa is one of the loves of my life.” USC received a commitment from three-star linebacker Ty Kana. … Continue reading Saturday Notes: More Staff News

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Friday Notes: USC Has Money To Burn

USC might be many things but it is not cheap, depending who you are, of course. USC has hired Jeff Martin of LSU as its director of scouting/player relations. His title at LSU was lead personnel analyst/player development. Since you have already read the breathless reports from the usual suspects, let me add something new to this hire: A USC source tells me Martin will … Continue reading Friday Notes: USC Has Money To Burn

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

There’s a weird dynamic some feel at USC when it comes to the running of the football program. Although Mike Bohn is the athletic director, his No. 2, Brandon Sosna, is viewed as the “general manager” of the football program. “He’s the one who hires and fires people,” a source said. “He’s got his little clique of (football support staff) people he talks to in … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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Coach Bohn Is Fired Up!

USC chose to show Mike Bohn speaking to the basketball team after last night’s game. “I’ve been to the tournament the last seven years in a row!” Bohn yells at the team. Well, he didn’t go last year, but that’s unimportant. I’m posting this because I wish he showed this passion in making sure football had the best possible head coach. Or when he met … Continue reading Coach Bohn Is Fired Up!

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Morning Buzz: Please Do Not Make USC Comparisons

USC improved to 18-3 last night after it beat Arizona State and as the athletic dept. noted after the game, the last time the Trojans were 18-3 was the 1973-74 season. I hate the comparison because this year’s team will make its own legacy, especially at the NCAA Tournament and probably win the Pac-12 title. I also hate the comparison because that 1973-74 USC team … Continue reading Morning Buzz: Please Do Not Make USC Comparisons

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USC 89, Arizona State 71

Isaiah Mobley had 20 points and 12 rebounds while Evan Mobley had 22 points and nine rebounds in USC’s 89-71 victory over Arizona State. Tahj Eaddy added 18 points. USC made 11 shots from 3-point range. Remy Martin, who did not play in the teams’ first meeting, had 30 points. Arizona State was without four players, including Josh Christopher and Marvin Bagley. Continue reading USC 89, Arizona State 71

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USC Hype Outpaces Performance

So USC deleted a tweet today that mocked the weather in Texas. It seems to delete more and more things since it started BLVD Studios and partnered with J1S. Remember the debacle of the video above, which caused an apology from Mike Bohn. It’s all about hype, hype, hype! NEVER about on-field performance, performance, performance. Even USC safeties coach Craig Naivar, who grew up in … Continue reading USC Hype Outpaces Performance

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USC Social Media Once Again Embarrassing

It’s really time Mike Bohn and his minion do something to control the social media team they allow to continually make USC look bad. Let’s see, people in Texas don’t have power or water in freezing weather, what can we tweet? It was finally deleted after an outcry. But why is the the USC football account (and others) so consistently tone deaf? Is the misery … Continue reading USC Social Media Once Again Embarrassing

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USC Morning Buzz: A Good Test Of Coaching Evaluation Skills

I hear USC defensive line coach Vic So’oto has been raving about defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher, who transferred from Alabama, since the four-star prospect announced he would become a Trojan. One source said So’oto claimed Sopsher will be USC’s top defensive lineman next season. This is good to know. If it happens, So’oto will deserve credit for his evaluation skills. If it doesn’t happen, we … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: A Good Test Of Coaching Evaluation Skills

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A Must-See Interview From USC

USC assistant coach Jason Hart interviewed Henry Bibby and it’s worth watching since it might be Bibby’s first public event affiliated with the university since he was fired back in 2004. This quote is priceless: “No other school was interested in me when I was winning at ‘SC, which is incredible as well,” Bibby said. “You think, we go to the Elite Eight (in 2001), … Continue reading A Must-See Interview From USC

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USC Notes: Everyone Needs To Recruit Locally, But Not Obnoxiously

I’m not sure why it is “news” to some Steve Sarkisian is recruiting hard in Southern California. It’s the area he knows best in the nation, so whether he is at Washington, USC, Alabama or Texas, he is going to recruit locally. Any “national” school needs to recruit in Southern California. Just like USC recruits in Texas and Florida. The difference is Alabama does it … Continue reading USC Notes: Everyone Needs To Recruit Locally, But Not Obnoxiously

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USC Morning Buzz: And Yet Another Ex-Coach Has A Say

I often write about Clay Helton firing 14 assistant coaches since he took over at USC. Mainly because USC would never point it out. Sometimes, I didn’t even really like some of those former coaches for one reason or another. But one reached out to me Monday night, which surprised me because we didn’t really know each other that well. But he had a point … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: And Yet Another Ex-Coach Has A Say

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Would There A Place For A Great USC Tailback Today?

I always feel like Clarence Davis is an underappreciated player at USC. He gained 1,377 yards in 1969 and 1,175 in 1970. I mention him today because I wonder if a player like Davis would have a place at USC today? He certainly would not have gained as many yards today. USC might not have even wanted him. Who knows? All I know is the … Continue reading Would There A Place For A Great USC Tailback Today?

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USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of The Week

WINNERS Tahj Eaddy A year ago he was playing at Santa Clara. Now he’s scoring 29 points for USC vs. Washington State. Steve Sarkisian The new Texas coach rolls into Southern California and gets QB Maalik Murphy from Gardena Serra to commit to the Longhorns. Already earning that $5.2 million! USC men’s volleyball First win over UCLA in Pauley Pavilion since 2014. Connor Murphy The … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Winners And Losers Of The Week

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USC Sunday Buzz: Tales Of The Unbelievable

About two weeks ago, Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote an interesting article about USC recruiting. The thing that caught my eye was how USC coaches told Dodd only Clay Helton knew Korey Foreman had committed in mid-December because Foreman wanted to keep it a secret until his official announcement on Jan. 2. Dodd even wrote that super-recruiter Donte Williams “was climbing the walls” waiting … Continue reading USC Sunday Buzz: Tales Of The Unbelievable