Have you noticed any differences to USC training camp?
Here’s one: A decrease in the breathless reports on the performance of players.
This is because Lincoln Riley is closing a lot of practices. Thursday was closed. Saturday and Sunday were closed. Even an open practice like Friday means people can watch about 20 minutes of stretching and some individual drills.
So that cuts down significantly on the hype machine because Riley controls the message.
That means you aren’t hearing so much about someone dominating camp and then wondering what happened during the season? Think back a year ago and the reports on how great Tahj Washington was doing. He caught one TD pass during the season.
That’s not Washington’s fault. But some people get ahead of themselves in August.
Last spring, there was a lot of talk about Korey Foreman. At this to this point, he’s not stood out.
Now players stand out if Riley says they are standing out. So people are mentioning players like offensive tackle Mason Murphy, because Riley mentions him.
- Have you ever seen so much water in metal cans? This is how it is exclusively sold at USC now because single-use plastic bottles have been banned.