USC Morning Buzz: Tuesday Notes

  • 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 where the Pac-12 quarterbacks were ranked: 4. Khalil Tate, Arizona; 7. Jake Browning, Washington; 8. Justin Herbert, Oregon; 31. Tyler Huntley, Utah; 36. Manny Wilkins, Arizona State; 41. K.J. Costello, Stanford; 53. Steven Montez, Colorado; 55. Ross Bowers, Cal; 67. JT Daniels, USC; 75. Devon Modster, UCLA; 92. Trey Tinsley, Washington State; 109. Jake Luton, Oregon State.

What do I think of these rankings? I would take Herbert over any other quarterback. Oregon was a different team last season when he was healthy. Oregon was 1-4 in the games he missed. And I would probably take Costello over Huntley and Wilkins at this point.

  • Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott made $4.8 million in 2016, according to USA Today.

Just what does USC president Max Nikias and the rest of the Pac-12 presidents think they are getting for this absurd amount of money? It’s a grotesque figure and Nikias needs to account for it.

USA Today also reported “nine conference executives other than Scott were credited with more than $450,000 in total compensation.”

So if any Pac-12 school complains about its revenue lagging behind the SEC, Big Ten or Big 12, it should look at these salaries.

  • Four-star wide receiver Jake Smith of Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz., listed USC and Texas as his finalists.
  • The New York Giants waived offensive lineman Damien Mama. He signed with the Giants in December after being with Kansas City last season.

4 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: Tuesday Notes

  1. What does Max think of Larry (“backhand”) Scott? If asked, he’d probably go with a paraphrase of his curious initial statement re Dean of Medical School: “In today’s world, all high paid executives are greeted with challenge. We must sympathize, not judge.”


  2. Bright Spot: USC’s 2018 schedule pits us against 3 quarterbacks rated below ours (UCLA, Washington State, Oregon State).


  3. Daimen Mama needed another year in college. I really don’t think he will land a job in the nfl. Now, without a degree, what does he do?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.