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

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USC APR Scores Improve

USC football and basketball posted identical four-year scores of 973 in the latest NCAA Academic Progress Ratings. USC football posted a score of 974 in 2016-17. Its multi-year score in 2015-16 was 968. Basketball scored 977 in 2016-17 and had a multi-year score of 969 in basketball in 2015-16. The penalty line for APR scores is 930. Among Pac-12 football schools, Washington’s multi-year football APR was first … Continue reading USC APR Scores Improve

Where Would USC Be With Competent Leadership?

Do you ever wonder where USC might be with competent leadership? Let’s consider: Athletic director Mike Garrett was so uncooperative with the NCAA, it led to the organization’s draconian sanctions against the university. He also hired Lane Kiffin to replace Pete Carroll. Athletic director Pat Haden then kept Kiffin too long and hired Steve Sarkisian, who was championed by no one outside his cronies in … Continue reading Where Would USC Be With Competent Leadership?