If It's Friday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column
I've written a few stories lately about Calabasas five-star wide receiver Johnny Wilson and four-star wide receiver Jermaine Burton, who are not really considering USC.
So I checked in this week with a long-time recruiting analyst to find out exactly what is going on with these guys and USC?
"USC is not going at them hard and everyone else is," the analyst said. "They are late on a lot of guys."
This stuff really mystifies me. It is inexcusable. Good recruits in USC's backyard are being ignored? Even worse, Calabasas is coached by USC legend Chris Claiborne. His offensive coordinator is former USC receiver Curtis Conway and he just hired former USC wide receiver Travis Hannah as quarterbacks coach.
USC loves to recruit and sign every receiver who has a star next to his name but ignores some highly recruited guys who would probably go with just a little bit of love. Seems really weird when you consider USC has also lost some receivers since the season ended.
Remember all this is going on as Lynn Swann told boosters this week that Clay Helton "recruits extraordinarily."
This is why Ed Orgeron is happily sweeping into Southern California and stealing recruits who normally would go to USC.
John Wayne was in the news this week after a controversial 1971 interview with Playboy resurfaced. It's a good excuse for me to tell a Wayne story from USC's 1966 trip to play Texas. According to a USC athletic dept. official, Wayne walked into a bar in Austin and a Southern California sports writer, who was drunk, yelled out, "F--- you, Duke." Wayne allegedly walked up to the writer and decked him.
And here are some good stories from Wayne's appearance at that USC-Texas game.
USC interim president Wanda Austin told KTLA on Thursday there was "no chance" she would become permanent president.
Wasn't former UCLA defensive lineman Jaelan Phillips supposed to transfer to USC? He is going to Miami.
USC forward Bennie Boatwright moved into third-place Thursday night on USC’s all-time list for career 3-pointers with 221, moving ahead of former point guard Brandon Granville (218).
Former USC kicker Joe Houston has been hired at Alabama as a special teams quality control coach.
USC's athletic dept. has a great way of monitoring situations without ever taking action. Like with Clay Helton, for example. Here is another example: The Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes is the official resort of USC athletics. Last October, eight female employees came forward with cases of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct.
“(We) will continue to monitor (the resort) closely,” the athletic dept. said in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “We have a zero tolerance policy for that kind of behavior on our campuses and require the same commitment from our partners.”
Typical non-statement statement from USC.