First off, here is my Pac-12 Preview for the Sporting News, where you can see where I predict USC will finish and who will win the Pac-12. I also pick a sleeper team for the Pac-12 South and it is not USC.
Looking at the schedules, USC playing Stanford in Week 2 might not be an advantage because the Cardinal have a tough opening six weeks: Northwestern, USC, UCF, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington. Stanford might be easier to beat after that stretch.
- USC begins training camp today. I’m sure there will be stories that camp is more energetic, the team looks bigger and is more unified than ever before. It’s a yearly staple of USC coverage.
- I have a friend who went to USC and wants to go to the Aug. 17 scrimmage at the Coliseum. But so far he cannot find anyone who wants to go with him. It will be interesting to see the size of that crowd.
- Here is the ESPN story I previously mentioned was coming out on USC quarterback Jack Sears working out at Wild Card Boxing, which is owned by trainer Freddie Roach and the home of eight-time world champion Manny Pacquiao.
- USC’s role in the College Admissions scandal keeps staying in the news. Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, speaking in Beverly Hills this week, said “exhibits from the world of fantasy” could be seen at the Smithsonian and Natural History museums.
“The ruby-red slippers worn by Judy Garland, the claws worn by Hugh Jackman in X-Men and the rowing boat sat in by Lori Loughlin’s daughter.”
Loughlin’s daughters were supposed to be on the USC crew team.
- Former USC linebacker Clay Matthews Sr. will be inducted into the Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor during Week 3 of the NFL season. The Browns will host the Rams, where Matthews’ son, Clay Jr., is now a member. Clay Matthews Sr. played 16 of his 19 seasons in the NFL with the Browns.
- And finally . . . here is Lynn Swann last night with Bruce Matthews at the NFL Hall of Fame weekend in Canton, Ohio.
Here is a nice backstory: The photo is from David Kelly (center), a USC graduate in 1990 and sports anchor at KOLD-KMSB-TV in Tucson, whose father was NFL Hall of Fame running back Leroy Kelly (Cleveland Browns).