Sometimes, news comes as more of a relief than anything else.
For several months there has been speculation quarterback Jake Garcia would decommit from USC.
It became official Thursday night. The USC coaches have obviously known for a long time or they wouldn’t be recruiting another quarterback (Jaxson Dart).
How many fans who cheered Garcia’s commitment last year are now claiming Garcia is overrated or “scared” to compete? That is how you know if you are just a fan.
The fact is quarterbacks are constantly shopping now. They go to four high schools, then want to start at QB their first year in college. And if it doesn’t happen, they want to transfer.
The days are gone when Matt Leinart or Mark Sanchez sits for a few years and then start.
Garcia sees Kedon Slovis playing next season at USC. But Miami QB D’Eric King is a senior.
Would JT Daniels have come to USC if Sam Darnold returned for his junior season? Maybe. But the USC coaches knew Darnold was likely to leave and made a golden offer to Daniels if he graduated early and came to USC.
Daniels got to start as a true freshman and when he got hurt and fell to No. 2 on the depth chart, went somewhere else. It’s worked out the past two weeks at Georgia. But if for some reason, it doesn’t he can find another school.
- Washington State athletic director Pat Chun told the Cougars’ radio station that he spoke to USC athletic director Mike Bohn on Thursday and, “it’s all systems go” for Sunday’s game.
- Are people starting to tune out on the season? I spoke to a well-known former USC player on Thursday night and reminded them the Trojans play Sunday.
“They do?” the player said. “Who are they playing?”
- USC sent out a statement Thursday regarding a COVID-19 vaccine update that mentioned the following administrators:
- Interim Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Narsing Rao
- Interim Vice President and Executive Director of Capital Construction and Facilities Management, Christopher Toomey
- Interim Chief Executive Officer Keck Medicine of USC, Rod Hanners
How many interims does Carol Folt have working at USC? I’m sure these are not the only ones on the administrative side.
Speaking of Folt, when is she going to do something about renaming Cromwell Field? It’s not like she doesn’t have the time to do something.
Can’t hire a football coach. Can’t rename Cromwell Field. She’s 0 for 2.
And now for some history:
- Former USC track coach Dean Cromwell might have been anti-semitic and gone to German Day picnics in La Crescenta, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t do a Lifebuoy soap ad.
- Remember USC basketball coach Sam Barry was also appearing on Wheaties boxes. USC had to be the hottest school in the country for coaches getting endorsements in the 1930’s-40’s.
- The USC freshman basketball team defeated Pepperdine, 74-63, in 1970. Mike Rae had 16 points. Not bad for the QB of the perhaps the greatest team in college football history (1972).
- Last week, I asked if anyone remembered former USC basketball player Don Crenshaw, who was drafted in the 17th round by the Los Angeles Rams.
What I didn’t know at the time was when USC upset No. 1-ranked UCLA, 46-44, in 1969 at Pauley Pavilion, Crenshaw had quite a game. He scored 20 points, nearly half of USC’s offensive output and set the screen for Ernie Powell’s game-winning 20-foot jump shot.
UCLA was 51-0 at Pauley Pavilion before that loss to USC and of course was led by Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).
That makes Crenshaw a USC legend in my book.