If It's Friday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column
Mater Dei's Bryce Young is the No. 1-ranked dual-threat QB in the nation. Kedon Slovis is "as good as I’ve ever seen," according to offensive coordinator Graham Harell.
But it is JT Daniels who will hold the starting position hostage for the next three seasons? Really? With all that arm talent behind him?
Doesn't USC want to win? Clay Helton wants to win . . . with Daniels.
The only way Daniels loses his job is if Helton loses his.
And what of Jack Sears? Sounds like he will be the scout team quarterback. Maybe he should have thrown 10 interceptions in training camp instead of one.
Harrell really came off as a company man in his interviews with reporters after the QB decision. At least Kliff Kingsbury said he would choose the starter. Harrell made sure to explain he agreed with Helton.
How are USC ticket sales going? Well, USC had a flash sale this week offering 20 percent off Fresno State tickets and 25 percent off a two-game combo of Fresno State/Stanford.
After the flash sale ended, USC extended it again.
Helton said Thursday if quarterback Daniels goes down, even in an early game, true freshman Slovis will replace him.
USC's athletic dept. should be ashamed of itself for the way it is buying in to some Helton's regressive measures that deprive fans of information. Even basic functions are not performed anymore.
USC doesn't allow the media to watch anything but 20 minutes of Tuesday/Wednesday practices. And Helton won't even release a depth chart until a week from today, the day before the Fresno State game. The day before? Like no one knows if Michael Pittman, Tyler Vaughns and Amon-Ra St. Brown will start?
Helton can't offend any players between now and then, I guess.
Then Coach Spineless offers up this pablum when asked about the future of Sears: "Jack Sears is one of the best men that I know and one of the most honorable men I know. And one of the fiercest competitiors I know. We'll always support him."
Another non-answer that fans are used to hearing at this point.
Why is Curtis Conway on USC's pressbox wall of football players turned broadcasters but not Petros Papadakis? The wall is just a "representative sample" not an accurate list of all broadcasters.
And if you believe that, you will believe the crowd at last Saturday's scrimmage was "10,000-plus."
Former USC baseball player and long-time Toronto Blue Jays GM Pat Gillick celebrated his 82nd birthday Thursday. One of Gillick's special talents was an ability to memorize pages out of the phone book.
Gillick was a pitcher on USC's 1958 national championship team.
USC pitcher Wally Hood, who went 21-2 in 1948, the year the Trojans won the national championship, was part of 2019 class that will be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Hood was 29-4 in two seasons.