Cornerback Chris Steele has decided to transfer to USC, according to the Oregonian. I’ll credit the players at USC over Clay Helton for this one.
Steele should be eligible next season because he is a strong candidate to obtain an NCAA waiver, unless the NCAA starts counting commitments. Steele has committed to UCLA, USC, Florida, Oregon and USC again.
I wonder what all those three-star cornerbacks USC signed in their recruiting class think of Steele coming to USC?
- Former Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey, who won three NCAA titles at Oregon State, informed the Beavers he will not return after taking a year off and will remain as senior associate athletic director. This is where Lynn Swann should be bold and come at Casey with a big offer.
It’s the type of move USC might have made 20 years ago, like when it signed Mick Haley as women’s volleyball coach while he was still the USA coach for the 2000 Olympics. Or when it infuriated Florida State by stealing women’s basketball coach Chris Gobrecht after she coached just one year for the Seminoles.
- Do these moves always work out? Of course not. But you signal intent with a big hire. It’s better than when baseball hired untested Chad Kreuter or promoted assistant coaches (Frank Cruz, Dan Hubbs). I don’t care who USC hires as long as it doesn’t do something like rehiring Mark Trakh for women’s basketball or hiring the University of Portland women’s volleyball coach to replace Haley.
- By the way, when is Swann or Steve Lopes going to announce something with men’s and women’s water polo. It’s been almost three months since Casey Moon (women’s water polo) and Marko Pintaric (men’s water polo) were named interim coaches. It will require no work and little money to make each the permanent coaches. Lynn? Lynn?