Defensive Line Needs No Drama

If you are unhappy Jay Toia transferred, it’s more important to look at the reason.

I said he had a poor relationship with defensive line coach Vic So’oto. I’ve also written that another defensive lineman reportedly threw a punch at So’oto during a practice.

So the question going forward is whether this stuff becomes a distraction? In the case of Toia, he left so it did.

Remember the defensive line is/was supposed to the team’s strength. So more drama/defections can’t be tolerated. Also, I’m going to guess Korey Foreman will be treated a little differently than Toia.

15 thoughts on “Defensive Line Needs No Drama

      1. ….How about all the 3 inch figures of Carol Folt [in ice skating outfit] on his facemask…?
        #…AndBibleQuotesOnBackOfHisT-Shirt?

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  1. What are the odds Forman takes a hike?

    Clown U, the undisputed Div. 1 leader in shooting itself in the foots.

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    1. Owns, you say that “USC is undisputed D1 leader in shooting itself in foot”. Have you forgotten Chianti Dan so soon? Snafus including Dan’s $40.6 million athletics dept operating deficit, Dan losing the underarmour contract, then signing with Nike for 60% less money, just as starters.

      ucla = foot shot many many times. “Yuuuge” number of times.

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  2. Trojan daily blog dot com is reporting that the kid left USC under orders from an uncle who has much gravitas with the family. Ucla was the uncle’s choice and the kid had to do it. The blog is run by the former publisher of a recruiting magazine and this story was posted by said owner.

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    1. Are you talking about Allen Wallace of SuperPrep magazine? That blog is where I wound up when Scott disappeared for a short time. Not bad but often what I post gets ignored

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    2. So the owner of that blog has more gravitas than scottie? Or better insight? Better connections within the program? Hmmm.

      I wonder if this uncle got the sam gilbert treatment? Nah, johnny Nansen would never… wonder how the other Poly coaches will look at this?

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  3. Johnny Nansen is dirty…………USC needs to investigate this for illegal recruiting of a signed athlete.. UCLA hired Nansen over others because he had strong Southern California ties especially with USC recruited athletes. The kid was offered a starting position at UCLA before he entered the portal, not after. So be it if he did not get along with an assistant coach this happens, but he should defnitely have to sit out a year no special waivers for family medical or financial issues. There are too many loop holes in the transfer rules at the moment the letters of intent, and oral committments mean nothing any longer. Schools shell out alot of money every year in recruiting. The NCAA needs to still allow kids to transfer it is a free world, but if you choose to transfer you must have pay the price by sitting out a year no exceptions especially inside the conference.

    This new transfer portal has become a joke especially during the COVID-19 period when most of the time the conferences and NCAA have waived the penalties for transferring. The way it now stands a kid can play for 3 different Pac 12 schools in their collegiate careers. A signed letter of intent means nothing today so why have it. Yes, all contracts can be broken but the penalties need to be clearly stipulated in the contract and enforced ,or what’s the point of even have a national signing day or even having spring football when you know half your team may transfer out before the fall.

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  4. I agree that Nansen was at the core of this and there is definitely dirty things happening. Not sure if USC will protest this, it is probably a one-off experience and USC might not want to make things tougher on Toia.

    It is very weird to think that this uncle had the ability to do this if Toia was already at USC. That uncle must have some financial pressure over his immediate relatives, like maybe his mom. If his mom gets a new house all of a sudden, then this should be looked into.

    Scott has been pushing the narrative that Vic So’Oto is a problem, but that is just a story he is making up. Overall, Vic seems like he is the type of coach that players like, although, I think that Vic has said that he tries to get his players to play “angry” and has to sometimes get in their face to do that. I dont think Vic does this out of meanness, he does it to make them better.

    I dont know anything more than what I read or heard in interviews with Vic and I admit this, but Scott makes up things based on his opinion and doesnt say so.

    SC is getting visits from alot of top defensive line prospects for next year, so this might be more of an issue in the short term, this year specifically. Let’s hope Sopsher or Sekona can step up.

    I have said this before and I will say it again. The defense is headed in the right direction (maybe needs 2 more years to get real good). The offense under Graham Harrell is the real problem here. Maybe GH can learn some new tricks and evolve as a coach. Maybe not. Either way, I think Helton is gone this year and GH is gone with him. But Fickell might actually keep Orlando. I bet he would keep Vic and Donte and Craig and S&C coaches. And Keary.

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  5. The important thing for the good of college football is to keep the transfer portal under control- meaning yes you can transfer IF YOU WANT TO SIT OUT A YEAR PERHAPS TWO IF YOU TRANSFER INSIDE THE CONFERENCE OR 1 IF YOU TRANSFER OUT OF CONFERENCE, AND NO YOU CANNOT TALK OR BE RECRUITED BY ANY OTHER SCHOOL WHILE YOUR SIGNED WITH ONE SCHOOL. —NO EXCEPTIONS UNLESS WITH PROVEN DOCUMENTAITON THERE IS A FINANCIAL OR PERSONAL HARDSHIP TO DUE A FAMILY MEDICAL ISSUE.

    Otherwise once you sign you are free to go and enter the portal if you are willing to pay the price with the penalties . No elgibility should be lost with transferring just sitting out a year or possibly two if you transfer inside the Pac 12.

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