Radio host Petros Papadakis weighed in Monday with his first comments on USC spring practice.
Specifically, he criticized USC for its overreliance on marketing and hype videos instead of emphasizing the improvements made by Lincoln Riley.
“I do think USC is going to be dramatically improved,” Papadakis said. “(But) the marketing part of this offseason has left me with an unsavory taste in my mouth.
“As opposed to a prove it on the field or on-the-court attitude, the attitude that a blue blood should have, USC has become more of a marketing and packaging entity. Especially for the revenue sports.
“(Colin Cowherd) was in the USC hype video before the team took the field (at the Coliseum Saturday) talking about how awesome they are. They better not lose a game in September. They better not lose a game in October. This guy’s going to have a heart attack.”
Cowherd is the same guy who named his Top Five NBA Players “25 or under” on Monday and three of them (27-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo; 28-year-old Joel Embiid; 27-year-old Nikola Jokić) were over 25.
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• 27-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo
• 28-year-old Joel Embiid
• 27-year-old Nikola Jokić
- Papadakis also took on the fake attendance figure: “No matter how many people showed up they were going to announce a record-breaking attendance, which they did.
“What bothers me, is why do you have to lie about it?
“The truth just doesn’t matter as long as the messenger keeps saying it over and over and over again.”
- He also included a dig at USC’s promotion of Riley buying a $17.2 million house in Palos Verdes.
“There was a marketing opportunity there that they were so thirsty for.”
“Lincoln Riley could have bought a house just like every other coach in the history of the program without the whole thing going viral, bragging about the price, bragging about the location.
“They needed that offseason shine. They needed to brag about look at this guy’s giant, opulent house that’s literally 45 minutes from campus with no traffic.”
You can listen to the whole segment here.