Among those inducted into the USC Hall of Fame last weekend was former USC wide receiver J.K. McKay, the son of former USC coach John McKay.
I’m told Pat Haden did not attend but sponsored a table at the event. I do not know why Haden did not attend. Maybe he did not feel well.
But he and McKay’s close friendship is well known and Haden brought McKay with him when he became USC athletic director in 2010.
Haden often made fun of McKay, who played the role of sidekick, at public events. So it would have made sense for Haden to attend the Hall of Fame dinner and honor his buddy.
Except . . . there’s been a lot of talk the pair had a falling out when Haden stepped down (or got fired) as athletic director two years ago. McKay liked his job at USC but left when Lynn Swann took over. Whether he wanted to leave or was told to leave depends on who you ask.
It would be a shame if that played a role in Haden not attending the Hall of Fame dinner.
McKay is working for the new Alliance of American Football professional league that will debut in 2019 on CBS.
- USC president Max Nikias is known for being prolific on Instagram. But Nikias has not posted any photos since May 13. I wonder why?
- Nearly 400 full-time faculty members have signed a letter this week asking for Nikias to step down as president. Neither Nikias nor the Board of Trustees seem to have the confidence of the faculty and students. What an awful way for a university to be governed.
- Former USC tailback Ronald Jones is the only Tampa Bay draft pick who remains unsigned.
- Former USC point guard Jordan McLaughlin will work out with the Sacramento Kings on Friday. Among other players at the workout will be Arizona forward Dusan Ristic and North Carolina guard Joel Berry II.
- USC baseball lost to Cal State Northridge, 2-1, in 10 innings. If the Trojans do not win their final two games against CSUN, they will finish below .500. CSUN needs to win its final two games to finish .500. A fitting final series for each team.
- Is the Todd McNair trial still over?