We should have some resolution today in the Jordan Addison-to-USC story.
I heard Sunday night USC was prepared for the Pitt wide receiver to arrive in Los Angeles but waiting for official word before moving forward. It’s a sticky situation because Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi has been leaking to the media that he’s unhappy about Addison’s potential transfer.
It reminds me a little bit of when basketball player Isaac Hamilton wanted to be released from his letter-of-intent with UTEP so he could go to USC. UTEP coach Tim Floyd accused Andy Enfield of tampering (a local coach called Floyd and said he heard Enfield was talking to Hamilton). Floyd had some leverage because of the letter-of-intent and Hamilton eventually went to UCLA.
Narduzzi doesn’t have the same leverage. If it’s true Addison is being offered more than $3 million to transfer, it’s an offer he cannot refuse.
It’s also naive if people act like it might an issue for USC to have donors raise this much money. I’ve heard a single booster provided much of the money for Lincoln Riley’s contract. Just like that.
If any school is uniquely positioned to have a donor sink millions into football, it’s USC.
Look at Rick Caruso. He just spent $22.5 million if his own money on his mayoral campaign. Now he’s not a traditional football donor, but USC has plenty of others who can provide the necessary funds for any NIL deals.
Also, there are donors more willing to get involved now that Clay Helton is no longer coaching the Trojans.
Maybe what’s surprising is that this hasn’t happened sooner, given the access Riley has to donor money and his aggresive use of the transfer portal.