Ex-Player Brian Baucham Files Lawsuit Against USC, Lane Kiffin


Former USC cornerback Brian Baucham filed a lawsuit today against the university and former coach Lane Kiffin. Baucham’s lawsuit says he was forced to play a home game “even though was very ill and diagnosed by the USC Health Clinic with an influenza-like illness, viral pharyngitis and dehydration.

“As a result, Mr. Baucham suffered from cardiopulmonary damage, as well as brain injury with neurocognitive deficits.”

The lawsuit does not specify a dollar amount for damages.

What’s The Deal With Aundrey Walker?

Is this is the week Aundrey Walker emerges from the doghouse? Walker’s got 18 career starts. That is more than any linemen except Max Tuerk (23). And more than Zach Banner, Toa Lobendahn, Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao combined (9).

If Walker’s attittude is considered an issue even after the line’s struggles against Boston College, he probably will never play.

Former USC Great, Linebacker Scott Ross Dies In Louisiana

scott.rossSad news to pass along this morning. A friend of former USC linebacker Scott Ross said the former Trojan great’s body was found in a church parking lot in Lafayette, La. Ross was well-known for his hard-nosed style of play and continued the once-proud tradition of the No. 35 for linebackers. He was 44.

In 2012, Ross field a lawsuit against the NFL and NFL Properties claiming he suffered head trauma playing for the New Orleans Saints in 1991.

The lawsuit said Ross had “severe memory loss, cognitive decline, dementia, and, on information and belief, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition caused by repetitive sub-concussive and/or concussive blows to the head.”

Adoree Jackson’s Plays

"0817_SPO_LDN-L-USC-PRACTICE-MB"Freshman Adoree Jackson’s played wide receiver, cornerback and special teams this season. Here’s a breakdown of his plays on offense, defense and special teams:


Fresno State      13 25 14 52
Stanford              9 23  4   36
Boston College   2 30 13  45
Total                   24 78 31 133

USC v. Oregon State Key Matchup


USC quarterback Cody Kessler has not thrown an interception in three games. Oregon State’s intercepted passes in three straight games. And cornerback Steven Nelson’s intercepted passes in two consecutive games and eight in the past 16 games.

Irony Of The Week

KIFFIN.ALABAMAThis week Steve Sarkisian answered questions about whether he should continue calling plays at USC after just three games, Lane Kiffin received all kinds of compliments from the national media intent on creating a revisionist image of the Alabama offensive coordinator.

Kiffin was named Athlon’s national coordinator of the week Sunday.