If things were different at USC, Bru McCoy and Chris Steele would simply have signed with the Trojans and be ready to play next season.
But eight of the top 10 players in California left the state in 2019. It all just shows the position of weakness USC is in at the moment.
Most local players want to go to USC as long as it is not radioactive.
The commitment of Jack Yary on Wednesday was a minor cause for celebration because he ignored the coaching predicament. USC is now No. 45 in the 247Sports rankings and some were thrilled the Trojans moved up 15 spots with Yary’s commitment.
What happens if USC goes 8-4? Not good enough to really impress anyone but not bad enough for Lynn Swann to want to fire Clay Helton? Will the top Southern California want to come? Helton will still be on thin ice for the following season. The program will still be in limbo.
- USC’s first three home games are night games. Now it is probably better to play Fresno State on August 30 at 7:30 p.m. than during the day. But I wonder if the many older USC fans, who tend to be season-ticket holders, will appreciate these night games? Especially when season tickets cost more than eve before.
- The Pac-12 will hold its media day July 24 in Hollywood. Will Swann attend?
- If you want to know how former USC coach John McKay got along with opposing coaches, here is what his closest assistant, Dave Levy, said: “If John was beating you, he liked you. If he wasn’t beating you, he didn’t.”
- One might assume McKay’s least favorite coaches would be from an archrival school like Notre Dame or UCLA. But it would be hard to find a bigger enemy for him than Stanford coach John Ralston. McKay lost to Stanford (and Ralston) in 1970 and 71. That made them Public Enemy No. 1 for McKay.
“He felt they were a little arrogant,” Levy said. “Stanford gave him the needle.”
When McKay beat Stanford, 30-21, in 1972, he gave this famous quote: “I’d like to have beaten them by 2,000 points. They have no class.”
- There will be a lot of former USC baseball players recommending candidates to be the next baseball coach. I hear ex-USC player/Yankees manager Aaron Boone is a big fan of TCU hitting coach Bill Mosiello.
- Speaking of baseball, the Dodgers came to USC to play the Trojans at Bovard Field in 1968. The Dodgers had Wes Parker, Al “The Bull” Ferrara and Bob Bailey in the lineup but it was USC first baseman Bill Seinsoth who delivered the big blow, a three-run homer in the second inning. That was enough for USC pitchers Bill Lee and Bob Vaughn as the Trojans won, 4-1 victory. Proceeds from the game went to the construction of Heritage Hall.