CBS Sports NCAA Tournament guru Jerry Palm currently has USC as a No. 7-seed in his mock bracket. The Trojans play LSU in the first round.
- Five-star cornerback Will Johnson committed to Michigan. The Michigan native also considered Ohio State and USC as his final choices.
- I didn’t hear every comment Bill Walton made during Saturday night’s USC-Utah game but he mentioned former Utes coach Jack Gardner several times. Did he mention Gardner played basketball at USC from 1928-32.
Who was Gardner?
He was the first coach to lead two different schools (Kansas State, Utah) to the Final Four and one of a handful who went to the Final Four multiple times with two schools (1948, 1951, 1961, 1966). Gardner was considered an expert in the fast-break offense and had a career record of 486-235. As a scout for the Utah Jazz, he was credited with discovering John Stockton.
Gardner was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and 10 other hall of fames. You know what Hall of Fame hasn’t inducted him? USC.
That might be OK, but he deserves a mention somewhere.