Graham Harrell made a comment this week at the San Diego Trojan Club that caught my eye.
“There’s a bias in the media toward elite programs,” he said. “Whether it’s fair or not, if the media gets a chance to put USC in (the College Football Playoff) they’ll put USC in there over a team that doesn’t have the same history and talent as USC.”
First off, the media does not pick who plays in the College Football Playoff but I get what Harrell is trying to say. Second, it sounds like someone who just coached at North Texas, because USC is so far off the College Football Playoff conversation at the moment, it’s ridiculous.
USC doesn’t have an elite quarterback, tailback or dependable offensive line. The secondary is suspect on a good day. The coaching . . . you already know.
Right now, the idea USC plays Alabama in 2020 looks foolish. You want to hear a funny story about that game? Last year, when news broke about the matchup, a USC official told me, “Remember, JT Daniels will be a junior and Tua Tagovailoa will be in the NFL.”
JT Daniels? Do you think Alabama will be worried about him? Will he even be at USC in a year? I’ll never forget that comment.
- If USC really wants to become a national-title contender, it better start signing some defensive linemen from the South. That is where you see the biggest difference between Pac-12 and SEC teams.
- Channel 2 tracked down former USC senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and reported Thursday night she is currently working as a Lyft driver in Long Beach. Last month, the FBI secured warrants to seize up to $140,000 from Heinel.
- Headline: USC is losing national accreditation for a medical training program beset by allegations of sexual misconduct. Response: Just another day at USC.
- FBI video wiretaps played Thursday in court had former USC assistant coach Tony Bland talking to Christian Dawkins about establishing a recruitment and payment scheme for then-prospect Marvin Bagley. Do you remember the weirdest part of USC’s recruitment of Bagley? Andy Enfield offered a scholarship to then 7-year-old Pooh Pooh Bagley.
- Duke quarterback Daniel Jones, the No. 6 pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, was a zero-star prospect with no offers in 2015 according to Rivals and 247 Sports. Remember, Jack Sears committed to Duke before he flipped to USC in 2016.
- Is USC going to announce a new radio station anytime soon? I’m sure the athletic dept. would not mind going straight to the Internet but the older fans/boosters would probably rebel. One possibility is going to KABC-AM (790), who tied for the worst ratings in Los Angeles out of 40 stations according to the Nielsen Audio ratings for the month of March.
- I came across this photo two years ago. USC baseball coach Rod Dedeaux is with Texas A&M coach Tom Chandler at the dedication for the Aggies’ new baseball stadium, Olsen Field, in 1978.
- USC played the first two games held at Olsen Field. But I’m running the photo now because I heard some news regarding it. As Dedeaux spoke at the podium he closed with the following story: “If there had been a back door to the Alamo there never would have been a Texas!”
- That was enough to turn the happy environment into a hostile atmosphere. USC won the first game, 5-2, and the second game, 8-5. That 1978 USC team went 54-9 and won the NCAA title. It also might be the best team in USC history.