I suspect USC will cure some of its ills when it plays Arizona, who hasn’t beaten the Trojans since 2012.
I’ve criticized defensive coordinator Todd Orlando through the week, but you know who flew under the radar? Cornerbacks coach Donte Williams.
There could have been some pass interference calls in the game and an NFL coach told me the corners “were misaligned a lot.”
But the coach added if USC cornerbacks are used to grabbing receivers, it could be difficult to break that habit any time soon. The good news for Williams is he might not face a first-rate pass offense all season.
- The same coach who watched the USC-ASU game wasn’t impressed how the Trojans rotated three tailbacks. “They don’t know what back to play,” he said. “You can’t play three backs.”
- Four-star linebacker Ethan Calvert of Oaks Christian committed to Utah over USC and UCLA on Thursday night. USC was believed to be in a strong position with Calvert, who is ranked No. 67 nationally by 247 Sports.
- Former USC basketball players are producing some good athletes that are going to other colleges.
Kennedi Orr, the No. 1-ranked volleyball player in the nation, signed with Nebraska on Wednesday. She is the daughter of Lorenzo Orr.
Kami Miner, the daughter of Harold Miner, is one of the top volleyball players for 2021 and has committed to Stanford.
Tremayne Anchrum’s son, also named Tremayne, started for several years on the offensive line at Clemson and is a rookie with the Los Angeles Rams. USC didn’t even offer him a scholarship.
Rodney Chatman’s son, Rodney, started every game at guard for No. 3-ranked Dayton last season and averaged 7.7 points per game.
And it’s not just former basketball players. Ex-cornerback Daylon McCutcheon’s son, Dyson, has committed to Washington. Former cornerback Brian Kelly’s son, Kyu, plays corner at Stanford.
- USC used to hold homecoming parades in the 1950’s that drew 100,000 to the Miracle Mile on Wilshire Blvd. It would get stars to appear like Kirk Douglas, Bob Hope, Danny Thomas and Jayne Mansfield. And even then it didn’t refer to itself as “Hollywood.”
But here we are more than 60 years later and the official USC football twitter says. “We play four quarters here in Hollywood.” Anything to impress a 16-year-old recruit.
- Guard Shemera Williams has transferred to USC from Virginia. She averaged 8.9 points per game last season for the Cavaliers. Williams must sit out a year unless she gets a waiver.
- I might actually consider listening to Art Bartner’s podcast (Artcast!) if he would discuss some of the stuff the university is investigating right now.
- I heard a member of the Board of Trustees had this reaction after USC’s 28-27 victory over Arizona State: “They stink.”
And now for some history:
- John McKay is a legend at USC. Except to most of the players he coached.
- When All-American wide receiver Hal Bedsole visited campus after a statue of McKay was built, he kicked the statue. Bedsole was upset because he wanted to play quarterback but McKay made him a wide receiver.
- Alabama coach Bear Bryant shares a laugh with USC president John Hubbard after the Crimson Tide’s 21-20 victory over the Trojans at the Coliseum in 1977. Wonder if they shared a drink too?
- Can you believe USC drew 4,300 to the Sports Arena for a women’s volleyball match against UCLA in 1977? And even had a rally at Tommy Trojan the day of the game. Who says women’s sports are more important today?
- The Roxy had a pretty good couple of weekends with Billy Preston and the Temptations in 1977.
- USC sophomore Jenilee Harrison appeared on a Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box in 1977. She later landed a role on the popular comedy, “Three’s Company” which starred fellow USC alum, John Ritter.