USC safety Ykili Ross is taking time off from the team for personal reasons, according to Clay Helton. An update on Ross will come next week, Helton said.
- Should the Pac-12 just admit BYU as a member? Pac-12 teams play BYU 22 times between 2018-27.
USC plays the Cougars in 2019, 2021 and 2023. Here are the others: Arizona: 2018, 26, 27; Arizona State: 2020, 21; Cal: 2018; Oregon: 2022; Stanford: 2020, 22, 23, 25; Washington: 2018, 19; Washington State: 2021; Utah: 2018, 19, 20, 21, 22.
- When USC defeated Alabama, 42-21, in 1970 in Birmingham, the score could have been a lot worse. USC coaches wanted to really run up the score on the Crimson Tide but Coach John McKay, who was good friends with Alabama coach Bear Bryant, declined.
- Former USC fullback Leroy Holt is running for City Council in Moreno Valley.
- There were not a lot of former players at last week’s Salute to Troy. But one who did show up was linebacker Greg Slough, who was a Playboy All-American in 1970.
- Former USC tight end Randall Telfer officially retired from the NFL. Telfer was released by the Cleveland Browns in May and claimed by the Indianapolis Colts, who waived him after he failed a physical.