USC Morning Buzz: A Nuanced Look At Max Nikias

I want to offer a more-detailed view of soon-to-be former USC president Max Nikias. Perhaps no USC president wielded his power since Rufus B. von KleinSmid, who ran the campus for 26 years (1921-47). Nikias raised billions for the university. In the past 7 years, USC raised more than it did in the previous 65 years. Nikias also oversaw an amazing amount of construction highlighted … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: A Nuanced Look At Max Nikias

USC President Max Nikias To Step Down

USC president Max Nikias will step down, according to a statement from Rick Caruso, a member of the Board of Trustees. “President Nikias and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees have agreed to begin an orderly transition and commence the process of selecting a new president,” Rick J. Caruso, a USC trustee, said in a letter to the campus Friday. “We recognize the … Continue reading USC President Max Nikias To Step Down

A USC President That Didn’t Drop The Ball

With USC president Max Nikias doing whatever he can to hold on to his job, it’s a good time to highlight a former president from the past. USC president John Hubbard (1970-80) lived a colorful life. He’s known to football fans as being president during the glory days of the 1970’s and getting a penalty for arguing with the refs in Hawaii. But here’s some other … Continue reading A USC President That Didn’t Drop The Ball

Max Nikias, J.K. McKay, Ronald Jones In Friday’s Notes Column

Among those inducted into the USC Hall of Fame last weekend was former USC wide receiver J.K. McKay, the son of former USC coach John McKay. I’m told Pat Haden did not attend but sponsored a table at the event. I do not know why Haden did not attend. Maybe he did not feel well. But he and McKay’s close friendship is well known and … Continue reading Max Nikias, J.K. McKay, Ronald Jones In Friday’s Notes Column

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USC Morning Buzz: Thursday Notes

Some Thursday morning notes: I’m told two USC staff members were assigned to take cornerback Jack Jones to classes during the spring semester. Even before he was suspended for spring practice, he reportedly was not attending classes. USC has not officially announced Jones is ineligible. But Jones has cleaned out his locker at the McKay Center. The USC baseball plays its final three games beginning … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Thursday Notes