It’s easy to think everything was simpler in the past.
For example, USC coaches obviously had it easier in the 1950’s and early 60’s with recruiting, right? There was no Internet, no endless commitments and decommitments, no Signing Day shows, no 24/7 coverage of recruiting or constant offseason combines.
But there was one drawback in those days: The recruits did not sign a letter of intent until the mid-1960’s.
That meant incoming freshmen were not bound to USC (or any other school) until the first day of classes.
Imagine a freshman being unhappy with training camp. He could simply leave and go somewhere else if classes had not started.
- Former USC tailback Ronald Jones, who is fighting for a starting spot with Tampa Bay, on his low reception numbers in college (32 catches in three seasons).
“My low career reception numbers in college was kind of based based on the offense and how we did things out there,” Jones said.
- USC starts training camp in three days. Clay Helton said tailback Stephen Carr has recovered from back surgery but will be brought along slowly. Until Carr participates in full contact practices and proves his back can handle getting tackled, he will be a question mark.