USC Morning Buzz: It’s D-Day For Jordan Addison

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.

56 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: It’s D-Day For Jordan Addison

  1. these posts are becoming so convoluted,they rarely deserve comment anymore…there is nothing here as in most posts recently

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    1. Well, Tim, I always say Scott posts and posts as if he is late to catch a plane. But he does raise an interesting point here– did a booster really pay for Wiley’s contract and not SC? How would something like that even be worked out?

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      1. Scott is raising the issues everybody’s talking about in order to get the conversation rolling —the most significant of which is: Pitt doesn’t seem to have a leg to stand on. It looks like Narduzzi (who I loved as a kid on The Partridge Family —or was that somebody else?) is content just waging a very public “embarrassment campaign” — kinda like an aggrieved wife who’s lost an alimony battle.

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  2. Whether you like this system or not(and I’m not sure I do), it’s legal and it’s been going on under the table for years. Uncle Phil has been luring recruits to Oregon by the green stuff for a long time. Mario Cristobal was a pretty good recruiter but he had the 23rd richest man in the world backing him up with a lot of big time “gifts”. The SEC has been buying players for years and getting away with it. WHY? Because the head of the NCAA rules committee(the guy who decides who is going to be sanctioned) just happened to be the SEC commissioner. How’s that for a conflict of interest? Before they start accusing LR, somebody should ask the question how Texas A&M went from a top 25 recruiting school to the greatest recruiting class in the history of College football in just one season. If LR would have left Oklahoma and went to Washington State, nobody would have said anything. But he went to SC. There are a lot of USC football haters in the world.

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      1. The Partridge Family character that you are thinking of, Michael, was played by an actor named Bonaduce. I know virtually nothing about television shows, but I looked it up.

        And if memory serves didn’t SMU get the death penalty years back over an Erik Dickerson payoff or something like that. Today if SMU played the same stunt they would get “Attaboy, guys, that is how it is done”

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      2. Ha! To quote Mike Bohn, “Is this a great country or what?!”
        “You’ve come a long way baby to get where you’re going to!”
        —Virginia Slims jingle from the ’70’s

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    1. During the NCAA Bush Saga Mike Garrett took a lot of heat with a statement that is actually 100% true, calling the NCAA “jealous that they’re not Trojans”.

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      1. Mike Garrett got fired because SC wanted an AD who would bow down and kiss the NCAA’s feet and say “yes sir, commander sir” and Garrett refused to do it. He spoke out against the NCAA and he was fired by the cowardly USC administration.

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  3. This Nerduzzi better have evidence before making and leaking out allegations to suit his cause. Its either tampering or its not. He cannot allege “possible” tampering just as someone cannot allege his wife as having possibly committed adultery, being defamatory if they are not true.

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    1. Frankly, I don’t think anybody gives a flying shit how Narduzzi feels about anything —
      #EspeciallyJordanAddison…
      #..AndCoachRiley

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  4. ugh,but he aint a lines man john,y iz thay waysting pozishunz on the teem if he aint no lines man,and how menny loop holes he gonna git,it aint like we gotta lot of thoose stil,thay gotta maik him a lines man or this dont maik sence,smdh

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    1. Just to clarify how long it might take to hear from the schools on players entry into the portal…

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    2. Eddie Boy
      Your wisdom astounds me. Your IQ must be off the charts. I’m not sure what the hell you’re talking about but it sounds good.

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  5. In an ironic twist of convolution, USC is accusing Pitt of tampering with the transfer of a college student by ignoring his intent to enter the portal. Pitt refused to acknowledge his communication signaling his intent to enter the Transfer Portal on Sunday making his wish to transfer void-
    More on this as soon as I make it up

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  6. Without a doubt USC will earn a reputation as Transfer U. , and to me, it’s a tarnish mark. That one receiver is not going to make a difference in the Trojans advancing to the playoffs, so why add to the negative reputation?

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    1. A) The guy won the Belitnikoff award, and that means he’s even better than Mario Williams. So yeah, he can make a difference.
      B) The high volume transfers are just for this year in order to have a team this season that has a good chance at competing. (Pete Carroll did the same.) I don’t expect this many transfers in the future–though I expect we’ll entertain a few high profile transfers each year

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  7. The amorphous “rules” of the portal have led to interpretation and manipulation. Until rules are fully defined, I think there will ongoing problems……for example, where were the cries over the Oregon steal of OL Conerly. You know Uncle Phil had his wallet open has he has for decades without any reprimand. SC is a target because of its rich (and rich) history. Regarding the bad mouthing of Narduzzi, he will rue this. Players are seeing he has his own interest ahead of theirs and will interfere with their opportunity for success. He has lost his locker room.

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    1. Carra — The longer this goes on the more Riley looks like Michael Corleone and Narduzzi looks like screaming Connie Corleone…
      #”She’sHysterical….She’sHysterical…”

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      1. Michael: “Vitale, or at least his bosses at ESPN, also knows that if enough people say something long enough, it becomes an alternate truth.

        The audacity of an ex-coach who spent most of his life in a sport rife with cheating going as far back to the glory days of John Wooden, to suddenly find his inner sanctimonious morality is hypocritical.”
        Kulkin On3 USC
        Scott Shrader also on On3 USC has similar comments. We all knew once SC became a threat to the protected programs all the haters would surface. Narduzzi is a gift for those afraid SC will become relevant again.

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      2. Yep. That’s why I hope USC donors pony up and put together an NFL caliber team that crushes everybody on our schedule….
        #Let’sGiveTheHatersPlentyToHate…
        #[I’mGoodWithThat,How’BoutYou]?

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      3. HI CARRA. JUST WANNA SAY THANX FOR YOUR POSTS. ALWAYS INFORMATIVE AND ALWAYS ON THE MONEY. SINCERE THANX.

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  8. Pete Thamel: Midnight on Sunday was deadline for schools to be given notice by players entering portal. Important to remember this for cases like Jordan Addision, per the NCAA: “Compliance has 2 business days to enter the names in the portal. So names could still be going in until Tuesday.”

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    1. I watched our spring game. No off-sides penalties. I’d say they know how to line up in a straight line. Now they need to learn how to block.

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  9. It isn’t just USC. We have already heard other schools offering their offensive line X amount of dollars each. Josh Connerly got a lot of money from Phil Knight to go to Oregon. If a donor offered the money to the Addison, that’s great. It’s a free market. We obviously didn’t match for Connerly and learned a lesson. This is NOT just a USC issue. It is an every school with big donors issue.

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      1. I honestly agree with you Micheal. This whole varsity blues thing blew up because the schools received nothing. What is the difference between a spot taken from a high academic student by a guy that can dunk a basketball? Money for school is the answer. Plus the two points if it goes in.

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  10. Scooter,

    No resturant write ups? What gives? Also, where is the SC winners and losers column. We all know USC is a winner and ugly is a loser, but the track meet was incredible. I will wait for you on that.

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  11. hi john,r u shore the uthur couch is jussed leeking to the pres that he unhappey abuot the transfur,seams like itz as obveeus as ol’peenus breth muthur haveing the sifliss,smdh

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  12. Notre Dame (former play Aaron Taylor on XM 84 this morning), Marduzzi running to ESPN and I expect soon the SEC are/will be up in arms about USC’s ability to maximum NIL. The issue/jealously is the same that existed when Pete had things rolling here with Will Farrell and Snoop on the sidelines All things being equal ($$$ and proven ability to get players into the NFL), would a 19-23 year old rather play in Los Angeles or Birmingham Alabama/Eugene Oregon or similar small outposts? If Addison transfers to an SEC school, there will be little outrage compared to transferring to USC. Rumor is he already turned down a high 6-figure NIL deal from an SEC school.

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    1. Last time there was a war going on between USC and the SEC we were stuck with Pat Haden…..
      #HaveNoFear,Trojans….
      #….ThisTimeWeHaveMikeBohn!

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      1. I’ll relate a Cal experience. Every coach I knew, when the chips were down, the coach would try his best to give an unvarnished opinion as to what was best for the player.

        This nardouce character sounds like a total whiner and hayhole. If Addison needs to move on, why would the coach roadblock that. All his other players are looking at that behaviour.

        I’d like him to go to Cal but you have to read and write so I suppose we shouldn’t get Cal hopes up.

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  13. Oh, don’t worry Cal75, all this Addison kid has to read is how many numbers are on his cash, and be able to write a check with all that money

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  14. Funny thing is a lot of these kids cashing in now will not be good enough for the NFL, so hopefully they have got a financial planner so they are set after college.

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  15. I wonder why no one worries about how much money any stadium workers make? It’s a story because it’s USC. Addison sexperienced who’s throwing the ball at Pitt next season and said “I’m gone.” THAT’S THE STORY!
    Stop crying over linemen. It’s college. Georgia had no o-line get drafted in first two rounds in 2022 draft.

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  16. I just heard Coach Nautilus speak — oh, crap! He looks and sounds like Helton. He’s just a big crybaby asshole — who starts every sentence with “to be honest with ya” (Helton’s favorite ‘aren’t-I-being-so-fucking-sincere?” line)…..

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  17. I think the whole issue is that Addison isn’t even in the transfer portal and Riley is talking to him. If Addison had done the right thing and got into the transfer portal to start I don’t think this would be much of an issue

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