Can you imagine John McKay taking part in a Navy Seal team-building exercise when he was the USC football coach? Most of you know McKay was the king of providing quotes. When he was criticized by the media at Tampa Bay, McKay said, “You guys don’t know the difference between a football and a bunch of bananas.”
The next day, reporters left bananas for McKay, who replied, “You guys don’t know the difference between a football and a Mercedes Benz.”
Where have all the colorful coaches gone? Not many get it today. You either get bland, angry or intentionally boring. That’s why Pete Carroll was special. He wasn’t a quote machine but he understood how to deal with the media. And the fans. You rarely find a coach who can deal with only one of these groups. It’s no coincidence McKay and Carroll possessed those two traits despite different personalities.
You know this is big because L.A. Live offers free parking tomorrow in Lot W and Lot C North. The U.S. Women’s World Cup winners hold a championship rally at 11 a.m. at L.A. Live. Details and RSVP are here. I will be at the England women’s rally at Leicester Square.
Former USC pitcher Brad Boxberger was named to the American League pitcher staff for the All-Star game. Boxberger pitches for the Tampa Bay Rays and ranks in the top five among AL relievers in saves and strikeouts.
Wide receiver Tyler Vaughns of Bishop Amat told Rivals.com he will choose a college before his high school football season starts. As I said previously, everyone at Amat and USC tells me Vaughns is going to USC.
The NCAA released 2015 attendance information for men’s basketball today and not surprisingly, USC is not making much impact with 3,552 fans per game, a decrease from 4,370 in 2014. Maybe worse, the Trojans had the second-worst attendance among the Big 5 Conferences.
Remember when everyone thought building an arena would solve attendance woes? I thought so too. But you need a winner. OK, Enfield?
USC is expected to pick up at least two commitments Friday on ESPNU. Serra safety C.J. Pollard, the son of former USC safety Marvin Pollard, has wanted to go to USC since birth, probably. And Bishop Amat defensive back-wide receiver Trevon Sidney is also expected to pick the Trojans, since basically everyone at Amat (and USC) expects Sidney and his more publicized teammate, Tyler Vaughns, to select the Trojans.
It’s Monday, so let’s check in with our winners and losers of the week:
UCLA coaches did not want charges filed. Combs did not want charges filed. The DA did not want charges filed. As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, the rich “are different from you and me.” That’s why Combs gets to park his car illegally at UCLA practices.
If you want to discuss the World Cup final, fire away. Did you withstand Alexi Lalas’s desk-pounding on the pre-game show? At least Kelly Smith pointed it out. USC striker Amy Rodriguez is on the bench.
UPDATED II: 2-0 USA in first six minutes. And now 3-0. And 4-0 after 16 minutes. It’s over. Japan pulls one back finally to make it 4-1.
UPDATED III: The U-S-A wins 5-2 to claim the World Cup! Does women’s soccer get a boost from this? Of course, there’s that L.A. women’s soccer team for one. Oh wait, there isn’t. But men’s or women’s soccer, nothing beats the World Cups.
USC’s 2016 recruiting class is now ranked No. 8 by Rivals.com, No. 11 by Scout.com and No. 9 by 247sports.com. USC and UCLA each currently have 14 commitments. The Bruins are ranked No. 12 by Rivals, No. 14 by Scout and No. 13 by 247.