If It's Monday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column
The Friday notes column got delayed, so here is a rare Monday version.
Do I think it mattered whether or not Puka Nacua signed with USC?
The way Nacua stretched out his commitment for maximum exposure made me think he has a dramatic streak similar to quarterback Tate Martell, who even purchased twitter followers for maximum exposure. And I'm not sure USC needs more drama.
But when two wide receivers (Bru McCoy, Nacua) who were committed to USC bail on the Trojans, it is a trend.
How dysfunctional a program is USC that even when it switched to an Air Raid offense it still could not get McCoy or Nacua to honor their commitments?
Clay Helton obviously told McCoy he would still run an Air Raid offense even with Kliff Kingsbury and that wasn't why McCoy left as I outlined here and here. Nucua knew he became even more valuable once McCoy, Trevon Sidney, Josh Imatorbhebhe and Randal Grimes transferred.
But he was believed to have Washington and Oregon as his top two choices before he announced for the Huskies.
USC is viewed as a flawed program by recruits and current players. Don't forget that 2020 wide receivers Kris Hutson and Koy Moore also decommitted.
I've heard from a few fans that USC is loaded at wide receiver and it does not matter that McCoy and Nacua went elsewhere. Two points on that mindset: Recruits are not signed solely on what they do in Year 1. And who was satisfied with the play of the wide receivers last season? Not me.
Imagine how angry Lynn Swann was on the first tee this morning when someone said, "What do you think of Puka Nacua going to Washington?"
Then again, Swann probably said, "Who is Puka Nacua?"
USC is racing to get its $315 million renovation of the Coliseum done by August 1. But a donor told me Sunday night some of fans who purchased for $7.5-to-$10 million suites want to get out of their arrangement because of tax laws.
Instead, USC is offering to extend the time to pay off the suite an additional five years. However, the donor told me the suites are no longer tax deductible because of new tax laws.
"These people found out too late about the tax write off disappearing and want out," the donor said.
And now for another Julie's restaurant story: One night after a USC basketball game, actress Marlo Thomas came in with her actor father, Danny Thomas. Marlo, who was known as Margie or Margo when she attended USC in the 1950's, was dating Trojan basketball player Jim Pugh. A friend who had not seen Marlo Thomas recently came up to their table and said, "I didn't recognize you with your new nose." The comment drew a big laugh from Danny Thomas. Not sure if Marlo had a similar reaction.