- USC cornerback Jack Jones is academically ineligible according to TrojanSports.com. To be ineligible with no hope of summer courses helping him would mean Jones is in a dire situation academically.
For the past few months, I’ve heard Jones might have other issues that could imperil his status next season. I’m still looking into it. But if Jones leaves USC, what a disaster it will be for the 12th-ranked player in the nation by Rivals for 2016.
Sources said he was not attending classes at the start of the spring semester and it sounds like that might have continued despite Jones being suspended from spring practice. If he goes to junior college, he could play and then might try to get drafted by an NFL team. I’m not kidding.
The truth is USC might not even miss Jones. His play last season was frequently forgettable. If Jonathan Lockett is fully healthy, he would probably be more consistent. If either incoming freshman (Olaijah Griffin or Isaac Taylor-Stuart) develops, they might be better than Jones. A USC cornerback develop? Now that is a crazy thought.
At least we won’t have to see defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast or secondary coach Ronnie Bradford fail to keep Jones from losing his cool during games. That was one of the more frustrating things last season, as Clay Helton would not even discipline him for continued penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
- USC received a commitment Friday night from defensive end Gino Quinones of St. Louis High in Honolulu. His other offers were from Arizona, Utah State, Fresno State and Hawaii.
If I note his lack of offers from major schools or USC’s propensity to take risky prospects this time of year and drop them later, the homers will go wild. They will offer theories that defend USC at all cost. Because all they want is commitments, whether they get honored or not.
- How many scandals has USC president Max Nikias overseen that were not published in the L.A. Times? It’s amazing how much lack of accountability USC’s displayed in the past year with doctor scandals. And there is no way of knowing what else has been going on that the university has ignored until the media finds out.
- The USC Hall of Fame dinner is tonight. Tickets cost $400 apiece. Money is the only thing that matters to USC, in case you didn’t already know. Troy Polamalu, Chris Claiborne, Sam Clancy and Barry Zito are the headliners.
- Later today, I will post a fond memory of the late Larry Friend.