This game might be the only thing that makes me miss Signing Day. But luckily I’ve missed most of it. I wonder if Tim Floyd, a good friend of Manning and his father (Archie), is at the game. In 2007, USC played at Oregon and while the team returned to Los Angeles, Floyd flew to Miami for Super Bowl XLI. He flew back to L.A. on Monday and few knew the difference.
Meanwhile, about Signing Day . . .
I’m really stoked about USC’s 112th consecutive great recruiting year. The last four made this year’s Holiday Bowl runnerup possible.
Every Signing Day, USC makes a lot of money with a big recruiting dinner for boosters at the Galen Center. The event usually takes place in the arena. But I heard this year it took place inside the Founders Room at the arena, which is used for private functions or as a bar for basketball games. Less interest this year?
Adoree Jackson is not supposed to participate in spring practice and started his track season this weekend at the New Mexico Classic indoor meet. Jackson ran the 60-meter dash in a personal-best 6.78 seconds to finish fourth, second among college competitors. He also ran a leg on the 4 x 400 relay team that finished second (first among collegians).
Here’s a podcast I did with the Wisconsin State Journal on former USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, who recently became the Badgers defensive coordinator. In fairness, I say during the podcast I think Wilcox might be more successful with Wisconsin, where Big Ten offenses might not be so spread-oriented. Listen here
Does it make sense for Matt Corral to commit to USC two years before he graduates? Clay Helton said he wanted to take one quarterback from that class. Here’s why it might appeal to Corral: Sam Darnold will be a redshirt junior when Corral enrolls. So if Corral redshirts, he might wait only one year to start. Or he might get a chance to start as a freshman if Darnold goes pro early.
This assumes Corral beats out whoever else is playing quarterback. And it assumes Corral comes to USC. I’ve seen him play once and I liked his grit. He also had Michael Pittman, who I think is the best receiver in USC’s class. So next year will be interesting to monitor especially if Oaks Christian upgrades its schedule.
In the history of USC, only one athletic director was actually an athletic director being being hired. Jess Hill and John McKay were football coaches. Mike Garrett and Haden worked in the private sector. Only Mike McGee, hired in 1984, was an actual athletic director when hired from the University of Cincinnati. I find that to be amazing.