A reader flagged this Monday: During USC’s final scrimmage Saturday, it had four plays near the goal line and QB Kedon Slovis threw four incomplete passes.
I thought the coaches talked during training camp about being dedicated to establishing a running game but maybe offensive coordinator Graham Harrell just couldn’t resist his impulses on the final series of training camp. He really doesn’t care about running the ball no matter what he says in public.
Harrell justified the comment by former USC tailback Markese Stepp that the Trojans run a “pretty (boy) offense.”
The true test will be the San Jose State game, I suppose, but USC will be very confident in that game and just might throw four times.
- The big Pac-12, Big Ten, ACC alliance is expected to announced today. It’s important to remember that this alliance tends to be more about governance — combating ESPN and SEC — than scheduling, which is what many fans prioritize.
You might see USC play a Big Ten or Big 12 team down the road but it’s not expected to be the centerpiece of the alliance.
- USC did not remove the bio of former assistant basketball coach Jason Hart from its website until Monday. He resigned July 28.
Presumably the next step will be adding new assistant coach Jay Morris to the website later this week.