USC Morning Buzz: A Familiar Name Among Honorary Degrees

USC announced it would award six honorary degrees next month at graduation and one of them is athletics donor Wayne Hughes, the founder of Public Storage. It would be hard to find someone else who donated more to the athletic dept. over the years than Hughes. He gave money for the McKay Center and donated at least $5 million toward the Galen Center.

Here’s a list of the other degree recipients.

UPDATED: Not listed is musician John Fogerty, who will speak at the Thornton School of Music satellite ceremony.

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Tim Floyd To Missouri?

Former USC basketball coach Tim Floyd has emerged as a candidate at Missouri. That would be a pretty plum job for someone who was trying hard to return to USC last year. It would ensure the Trojans would not play Missouri any time soon barring a tournament.

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A Spring Game Afterthought

If you attended the spring scrimmage at the Coliseum and thought the performances were ugly, you were probably right. Then again, almost every spring game is ugly. Carson Palmer passed for 104 yards in the 2002 spring game. It’s usually an offensive struggle.

Max Wittek Update

Former USC quarterback Max Wittek still favors Texas over Hawaii, the two schools he is considering. But he is not expected to make an official decision until next month.

USC DC Justin Wilcox’s Post-Spring Defensive Analysis

With spring practice over, defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox evaluated the defense, which ended on a high note by not allowing a touchdown at the Coliseum scrimmage.

“We improved a lot over the course of spring,” Wilcox said. “Antwaun Woods and Hayes Pullard in particular showed a lot of improvement. We’ve still got a long way to go.

“(In the scrimmage) we played hard. But we have to get used to moving on to the next play. We looked pretty good but there were a lot of things we need to work on. Maybe there was a misalignment on a play we need to fix and people might not see it. Things like that.”