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If It's Friday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column

If It's Friday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column

Another week at USC with no permanent president, an incompetent athletic director and a clueless football coach.

What's amazing is some people want to head toward 2019 thinking with that formula, a new offensive coordinator will solve the football program's woes.

I spent a lot of time this week highlighting the cornerback issues next season. If USC coaches knew only three corners returned, why were they waiting so long to offer recruits? They sure waited a long time to offer two players committed to Colorado from Southern California. Both signed with the Buffaloes.

It's recruiting malpractice. Just one other thing Lynn Swann overlooks as he performs his job poorly.

  • It's funny how some USC recruiting pundits pump up a high school prospect on twitter and then don't even tweet when they commit elsewhere.

  • When John McKay was athletic director and football coach from 1972-75, he pretty much allowed his assistant coaches Dave Levy and Marv Goux to handle many of his athletic director duties. McKay didn't want to meet with a lot of people or coaches of other sports, so he either delegated or sometimes ignored them.

I might make a comparison here to Lynn Swann, but I'm not sure Swann even delegates properly. He has let football wallow and underachieve. He has let baseball wallow for several years and underacheieve.

And what has basketball done compared to expectations? USC didn't even make the NCAA Tournament last year and is 3-19 against ranked teams. The answer to every complaint about Enfield is next year's recruiting class. Will he underachieve with them too?

Based on his handling of the big three sports, how does Swann receive a passing grade?

  • Remember Swann's pompous statement defending Clay Helton after the Notre Dame game? Here is a sentence from a Miami athletic director Blake James after the Hurricanes' 35-3 loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl.

"Our football team's performance tonight -- and at other times this season -- is simply unacceptable to all of us who love the U."

Swann needs days to make a statement, not hours.

  • Former USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin appears headed to Louisville, according to multiple reports.

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