A No-Glitz Breather

HELTON.NDThis will be the first time in years that attention should be solely focused on the players at USC instead of the coach. One could argue that Pete Carroll swallowed a lot of attention but he always put the players first. Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian tended to become a focal point that overshadowed the players.

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Mike Garrett-Henry Bibby Update

Just to be clear, Mike Garrett is trying to hire Henry Bibby as Cal State L.A. basketball coach, according to multiple sources. It’s crazy to those who remember their strained relationship but short memories are a requirement in the coaching profession. Bibby is uncertain about taking the job, I’m told.

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Would Mike Garrett Hire Henry Bibby Again? No, Really

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Cal State Los Angeles athletic director Mike Garrett is in midseason form. He has fired his men’s and women’s basketball coaches. The men’s coach was former USC assistant coach Dieter Horton.

Garrett had a rocky relationship with Bibby at USC and fired him in 2002. But Bibby would be a big-name hire for a school like Cal State L.A.. Aren’t there any USC basketball managers available? Garrett won’t be calling Tim Floyd for a recommendation since they did not even speak at USC by the time Floyd quit.

As for the women’s job, I’m sure Cheryl Miller’s been contacted. It’s all about star power.

UPDATED: A source tells me Garrett’s offered the women’s job to Miller.

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Bo Calvert Commits To USC

Linebacker Bo Calvert, a Class of 2018 prospect from Oaks Christian, has committed to USC. He is a teammate of quarterback Matt Corral, who committed earlier this year. Well, USC is recruiting well at Oaks Christian. Give that to the new staff.

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Does USC Need A QB?

Does USC even need a quarterback for the Class of 2017? The Trojans currently have a junior, sophomore, redshirt freshman and true freshman at quarterback.

It’s not a vital need. That doesn’t mean losing a QB to Alabama is OK. But it still means USC can use that scholarship on a wide receiver. Or defensive lineman!

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Pac-12 Meetings Time

The Pac-12 athletic directors and head coaches meet in Phoenix this week. And you still have to wonder how influential USC will be at the meetings with Pat Haden on his final month? There’s a lot of issues to discuss like the Pac-12 Network’s future, perhaps the late starting times of some football games and meetings with ESPN and Fox. An interesting side note is the Big 12 is also holding meetings in Phoenix this week.

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Adoree Jackson And Olympic Trials

One thing to consider as Adoree Jackson tries to reach the magical 26-5 mark in the long jump to make the U.S. Olympic Trials: USC has had two different jump coaches the past two years. If you throw in his high school coaches, that means Jackson’s had three coaches in three years. Not an ideal scenario for making the Olympics.

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