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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

At least five Pac-12 schools have already reached out to USC quarterback Jack Sears, who will transfer after the completion of the fall semester.

The fact Pac-12 schools are interested in Sears demonstrates they see something in the sophomore QB that Clay Helton never did.

Helton's motto is "Faith, Family and Football." Well, he didn't show any faith in Sears, didn't treat him like family and only let him play football when the other two quarterbacks were injured.

It's all talk with Helton.

I did a podcast this week on the USC-Fresno State game and QB situation here.

  • Did you see Central Arkansas upset Western Kentucky, 35-28, to spoil the debut of Tyson Helton? Like brother, like brother apparently.

  • Former USC cornerback Jack Jones forced a fumble and broke up a pass in Arizona State's victory over Kent State last night.

  • Can you believe the Pac-12 has lost its past five games to American Athletic Conference teams and past five games to Mountain West Conference teams?

"We don’t hire the coaches. We don’t recruit the athletes. We don’t coach them. But sometimes we get blamed for the losses," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Thursday in Portland.

He is utterly clueless. If his Pac-12 Network made more money, football would not be falling so far behind the SEC and Big Ten in revenue.

  • Ex-USC star Daylon McCutcheon's son, Dyson, was recently offered a scholarship by Arizona. Dyson is a junior cornerback at Bishop Amat.

  • Two restaurants in the University Village (The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker and Rance’s Chicago Pizza) filed a lawsuit against USC for promissory fraud, misrepresentation and breach of contract. The restaurants alleged USC promised students would be able to use dining dollars in their establishments and then reneged on the deal. Does it ever end?

  • USC basketball legend Cheryl Miller is out as women's basketball coach at Cal State L.A. There is nary a word on the school's website on her departure, which can't be a good thing.

  • Last weekend, I wrote that former USC quarterback Bill Nelsen died in April. I asked former USC assistant coach Dave Levy about his former player: "He wasn't a classic athlete and didn't throw a tight spiral but he was a leader. He was very competitive and had a good, aggressive attitude."

  • Nelsen was a member of the 1962 national championship team along with tailback Willie Brown. They also were both assistant coaches in Tampa Bay for John McKay. And both were eventually fired. That was not exactly unique for Tampa Bay assistants under McKay.

  • USC should finally release a depth chart around 12 p.m. today. Finally.

  • New USC president Carol Folt is the first president to meet with the Facilities Management staff, which handles maintenance, groundskeeping and construction according to the Daily Trojan.

  • Here is my story for the Sporting News on the sorry state of the Pac-12.

Five Thoughts: USC-Fresno State

Five Thoughts: USC-Fresno State

Thursday Whispers: More Interest In Jack Sears And Legend Stumbles

Thursday Whispers: More Interest In Jack Sears And Legend Stumbles