If It's Friday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column
The status of USC quarterback JT Daniels dominated the news this week but does it really matter if he or Jack Sears start against Arizona State?
Daniels was disappointing against Utah. But more importantly, is it really that important if USC wins the Pac-12 South?
Does reaching the Pac-12 title game help USC? The harsh truth the program probably needs to lose more. Not for Clay Helton. But for Lynn Swann, who needs someone to shake him out of the coma he has been in for past year.
The only thing that will make a difference to someone like Swann is if USC starts losing a dramatic number of games and attendance falls to even more embarrassing levels.
Swann acts oblivious to everything so he needs the football team's shortcomings to bludgeon him. Otherwise, he can be his slippery self and pretend there is no urgency to fixing the football program.
With all that in mind, I would rather see what Jack Sears can do in his first start. It will be difficult because he was stuck on the scout team the past seven weeks but at least it provides a reason to watch the game.
If linebacker Cameron Smith is out this week with a hamstring injury, why did USC stick him into the beginning of the Utah game? Didn't that make the hamstring worse? Now he needed to get his knee drained of fluid.
Why not rest him another week and maybe he comes back and plays the rest of the season.
Smith already missed the Colorado game so it wasn't like his hamstring looked good going into the Utah game.
Is there anything more fitting than cornerback Chris Steele saying he decommitted from USC because he would be "developed" if he went to USC?
This guy was Mr. USC, made a fancy video to announce his commitment to USC and was recruiting other players to Troy.
What happened? Maybe Steele saw all the pass interference penalties or generally awful secondary play the past few seasons under defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and defensive backs coach Ronnie Bradford.
No surprise Steele's St. John Bosco teammate, Kris Hutson, followed suit and also decommitted from USC.
Charlie Phillips was one of the greatest safeties in USC history, which is saying something.One of the best stories I've heard is Phillips played football with a toothpick in his mouth. He deserves an award of some type for pulling that off.
Imagine what Utah coach Kyle Whittingham might do if he had USC's roster.
There are 27 players on the USC injury list this week. Some date back to the offseason but quite a few are from the Utah game. The strength and conditioning program needs to be evaluated. In the meantime, someone needs to provide an explanation for why tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe (quad) never seems to get better.
Who exactly is going to a 12:30 p.m. game at the Coliseum?