If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

I spoke to a USC player on Thursday about the new Friday depth chart policy promised by Clay Helton.

I asked the player what difference he thought the depth chart would make?

“It won’t mean anything,” the player said. “The team won’t worry about it.”

This goes back to a recurring theme for the Trojans: The players are pretty much over listening to Helton.

So while we all can agree Graham Harrell will improve the offense, how much of that will be nullified by Helton’s poor leadership?

When adversity strikes during the season, is the Air Raid going to be enough to overcome an attitude within the team that it’s had enough of Helton and doesn’t want to listen? This could be the key to the season.

  • The first real test comes when Harrell and Helton choose a starting quarterback. As I have said many times, most of the players prefer Jack Sears so if the coaches choose JT Daniels, watch the morale sink.
  • New USC running backs coach Mike Jinks said he stayed at USC instead of following Kliff Kingsbury to the NFL.

“It was tough because it’s your buddy, but I wasn’t telling momma we were moving again.”

Isn’t that a risky move since Jinks would probably have more job security at Arizona?

  • What a shock that Utah beat USC, 83-74, on Thursday night. USC is 3-8 in its past 11 Pac-12 games.

Thanks, Enfield!

When has USC ever won a road game against a Pac-12 team with winning record? And when does Andy Enfield ever beat Larry Krystkowiak when the teams are even close in talent?

Krystkowiak is 9-2 against Enfield. There was an interesting exchange between coaches in a 2015 game at the Galen Center. After Enfield called a 30-second timeout in the second half and started speaking to the referees about getting treated the same as Krystkowiak, the 6-foot-9 Krystkowiak walked over and told Enfield, “Hey, don’t start that. You’re out of your weight class.’’

  • Why has it taken Enfield this long to figure out Elijah Weaver should be playing and starting? Weaver had 17 points against Utah and looked good against UCLA last week.
  • The most likely scenario for the Pac-12 Tournament is USC facing Arizona on 12 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday with the winner facing No. 1 seed Washington on Thursday at noon.

  • Here’s some USC thoughts on former pitcher Tom Seaver (pictured in 1965), who has been diagnosed with dementia.

USC baseball coach Rod Dedeaux discovered him playing in Alaska. The only other school that really recruited Seaver, a junior-college transfer, was Fresno State.

Seaver was the Trojans’ No. 3 pitcher his sophomore season but then his fast ball increased from around 85 mph to 91 mph.

He loved to play bridge at USC and his main hangout was the 901 club, which in those days was on Hoover Blvd. and known for its hamburgers and beer.
  • In 1966, baseball held a winter draft that was during the college baseball season and Seaver was drafted by the Atlanta Braves. Dedeaux called commissioner William Eckert, who said not to let Seaver sign so he could keep pitching at USC. That night, USC could not reach Seaver, who left his phone off the hook after he reached an agreement with the Braves.

Atlanta was going to tear up the contract so Seaver could finish the season with USC but athletic director Jess Hill contacted the NCAA and was told USC must declare Seaver ineligible. In a Pat Haden move, Hill complied, no doubt worried about crossing the NCAA, which had given USC sanctions in 1959.

Eckert nullified the Braves contract and three teams (Indians, Phillies, Mets) agreed to match Atlanta’s contract for Seaver. The Mets won a drawing and Seaver signed for a $50,000 signing bonus.

The entire saga probably cost USC the 1966 College World Series title.


50 thoughts on “If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

  1. Man Wolf, you already predict USC is going to be a mess no matter the seeming gain in the hiring of Harrell?

    BTW the 901 Club was NOT on Hoover – it was on Jefferson Blvd.west of Hoover across (north side) the street from the dental school and next door to the LAFD.

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      1. Just Rent aka Night Train,

        Reflection: You live in a two storied cardboard box in Cerritos. Your favorite school, ugly aka Thug U, is surrounded by blight aka Westweird, and your sports teams all suck. You may go back into your stupor now.

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      2. 67 — Ha! Owns [The person formerly known as Owns L.A….. or was it UCLA Owns L.A.?] —- has apparently adopted a popular new philosophy: It’s just a mistake —why correct it? Nothing really matters that much.

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      3. MG – Ha!!

        I get it with owns…if you were a bruin football fan, would you be more inclined towards the fantasy of the chipper and what bruins thought he might deliver, or the facts about bruin football of the last 20 years? Including the chipper’s egg-laying 3-9 debut last fall?

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    1. Wolf is obviously working from someone else’s bad note. Didn’t know where the 90 was and said they were famous for beer. They were actually famous for the “skip and go naked” a drink that was used to ply many a sorority gal. Poor Wolf, always on the outside looking in. How’s that for minutiae Owns? Did they even have a bar at the JC you went to?

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    2. Why don’t you tell us: who’s better, Tom Seaver or Randy Johnson? The Express or the Big Unit? What’s our record this year?


      1. The fact USC doesn’t have a President yet is quite surprising….,what in the world, Tigers?????!!!!!!! Please show more hustle? Hasn’t a year been long enough?


      2. A year is not that long a time. So much as to be taken into consideration in the selection of a president of a major university. The interviews alone could take more than a decade. Perhaps two. Or even, worse case scenario, three. And, I’m sorry to report, the interviews haven’t begun yet…


      3. I knew you were a board member, at least you’re not dropping F Bombs or S Bombs,here, on Scott’s lawn like you did on your RE: debut…..what was that? Warmups?


      4. Sorry for the regrettable language. [Now, I’m waiting for Cal75 to correct me for using “as” instead of “has”…..]….

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      5. You should be more shocked by someone bringing up something you said some weeks ago? and, just now calling some attention it.


      6. MG,
        A minor oversight on your( & my) part. Self corrected so we’re all good.
        However, P76 cannot be allowed to mimic the Mule any longer. Grammer, syntax & the amateur insertion of horrendous amounts of commas lead me to believe that ‘THE GLUE’ that holds this blog together never actually attended an English class.

        #*,,,,,,is was

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  2. Wow, just a bit of a stretch there, Scott? How did, “The team won’t worry about it” (regarding the Friday depth chart) become “The players are pretty much over listening to Helton.”?? So … has Helton lost the 2019 team already, after two practices? You’re a piece of work.

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    1. Ha! [Obviously you and I weren’t there when the team took that vote in which they picked Sears over J. T. —-and, then, elected to never listen to Clay again].


      1. My question Michael, is was the team there when they took that vote, or was scottie exercising his proxies? Did they even know a vote was being taken or was it by the old Soviet method of announcing results before announcing the election?

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      2. Pudly —Here’s the straight dope on this situation. A referendum was introduced on February 29th of this year (yeah, I know…I know!). But the wording of the referendum was confusing (i.e., “Select, from the following names, the QB you would most like to see attacked all season by Scott Wolf”). Problem? Unfortunately no names were attached to the referendum —and some players took advantage of this loophole by voting for Josh Rosen. In any event, the coaching staff feels it needs to revisit the process…..after spring practice (on the theory that the voters “need something to go on”)…….

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  3. Have yiu ever heard a coach not talk the way Helton does after last years debacle. Culture change, kids working hard, like what i see. Of course, this is what he is going to say


  4. Why hasn’t Swann figured out Enfield is in over his head being head coach? Of course Hubbs in baseball is another one to be let go now.
    Add Men volleyball coach Jeff Nygaard to that list of incompetents.
    First to be shoved out the door is AD Lynn ( good for nothing ) Swann
    for sure!

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      1. Here’s all you need to know about 2019. An omen from 2018.
        After reviewing the sideline shot of that player coming after the SC qb during the very generous 2018 15-14 gift, my consensus opinion since no one came to the aid of the porn star look alike qb is that he doesn’t have a lot of friends on the team.
        You might like to think that one of his O line would have his back but lolol that didn’t happen. Maybe the lack of blocking by the center was not an accident.


  5. So what about the state of Trojan basketball? Hope Swann doesnt give Enfeld an extension. Our revenue probrams are pathetic right now


  6. Yo, the Spotted or White Algonquin J. Calhoun, He be campaign shoutin’:

    “67 — Ha! Owns [The person formerly known as Owns L.A….. or was it UCLA Owns L.A.?] —- has apparently adopted a popular new philosophy: It’s just a mistake —why correct it? Nothing really matters that much.
    Algonquin J. Calhoun:

    [Kingfish is trying to get Calhoun to help him dupe Andy]

    “What? Do you think I is low down enough to deceive Brother Andy? [begins hitting fist on desk] Do you think I is crooked enough! Do you think I is spineless enough! [Kingfish puts $20 on the desk] Uh, well, just call me Jellyfish [pockets the $20]”

    Hey Jelly Fish, why did Johnny Wayne, famous WWII coward, walk like he had a stalk of Celery up his kazoo and wanted to keep it there?

    I have anointed PUSley, 67 (AKA – Lightin’) and Mickey G (AKA – The Whitey Algonquin J. Calhoun) “the three vermin.”

    Vermin: noun, noxious or annoying small animals or insects



      1. Cal75 —My wish (no, make that my dream) is that, as we proceed through spring ball, and move on to fall camp, and, then, into the season, Owns writes longer and longer (and more and more detailed) attacks on John Wayne. On November 16th, you, Pudly and I will be discussing whether or not USC’s tackles exhibited hatred toward their quarterback —-and Owns will be pointing out that Wayne used a double in Hondo.


    1. Like stepping in cat shit, you are an more annoyance than anything you perceive yourself as. Just wipe it off on the curb and move on. Hang on to the littlest of things because you have nothing notable to hang on to.

      Basketball school? Hahahahaha, not.


      1. Yup, I edited it and when I did forgot to change it…glad it means something to you and hope you sleep well tonight knowing you set the world on it’s ear!


      2. Try, and, find, too, many, commas, here:

        Just when you think you’re somebody, the evidence comes to bite you in the ass.


      3. Way to go PUSley, what an incisive analysis of the Andyain’twinning/bozo BB program.

        SUCCX: 000000000000000000 forever and below .500 in Pac-12 Conf. schedule.

        Ding goes the Vic Bell


      4. Pudly —Given that you and I are undeniably getting lazier and lazier in our typing habits, it appears that Cal75 is going to be kicking our asses (oh, did I say “asses”? I meant “butts”) from now on.

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    2. Good night you are such an idiot…hey how’s it going being split between rooting for that Arab Jew hater from MN and the fact that IS the ‘new and improved’ demoncrat party?


  7. Way to manufacture a negative wolf. How would you know the kids are not listening, you there? NO. Would you think the players have some confidence in the offensive staff to come to a qualified conclusion about the starting QB? Doesn’t matter who they pick, Wolf will see it as a negative….again.

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  8. YO Pusley screams useless information very loud, but it doesn’t canx last year’s UCLA FB 34 – 27 victory after the bozo grabbed their ankles in the 2nd qtr.

    Try, and, find, too, many, commas, here:

    11-Win Seasons in the Past 30 Years with Last

    8—USC, 2017
    6—Oregon, 2014
    5—Stanford, 2015
    3—Colorado, 1994
    3—Washington, 2016
    2—Utah, 2008
    1—Arizona, 1998
    1—ASU, 1996
    1—OSU, 2000
    1—WSU, 2018

    (Cal, UCLA, none.)

    *On-field results, all conferences

    Just when you think you’re somebody, the evidence comes to bite you in the ass.

    Gee PUSley, if you say so: PUSley has used six unnecessary comma’s. Doh!

    Suggest you need 2nd and 3rd ESL classes in conjunction with your Arithmetic classes.

    Kudos PUSley for locating facts to bolster whatever point you’re trying so hard to make. Maybe PUSley you should start running your useless, crappy comments by the other vermin before making a fool of yourself.

    UCLA 34 – PUS 27

    Ding goes the Vic Bell.


  9. 1959 was another fine year… You bozos were on sanctions as usual! You don’t even cheat well… most sanctioned team in the history of the NCAA!

    You should call yourselves the southern cal “cheaters” or “OJs”!


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