A USC coach asked former baseball coach Mike Gillespie to be on the sideline for the team’s fall opener. It’s not surprising, since Gillespie was one of the most highly respected coaches by other coaches at USC.
Shortly after the Reggie Bush controversy broke, USC president Steven Sample called football coach Pete Carroll and basketball coach Tim Floyd into his office and wanted to know if everything was being done to prevent agents from influencing athletes.
Sample was assured the issue had been addressed before the Bush controversy but was warned that street agents or “runners remain a threat. What’s interesting is that the issue actually made Sample’s radar but it illustrated the Bush matter worried everyone on campus.
Mamadou Diarra, a 6-10 center from Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, said he will officially commit to USC next week after talking to his coach, who is currently in France.
“I want to come (to USC), Diarra said. “They have a good coach and I want to stay in Los Angeles.
Diarra is ranked the 26th-best player in the nation by Rivals.com.
UPDATED: During his on-campus visit Thursday, basketball recruit O.J. Mayo found time to play several pickup games with USC players Nick Young, Lodrick Stewart, Jeremy Barr, incoming freshman Taj Gibson and a group of Stoneridge Prep players including Mamadou Diarra, Babacar Sylla and Thomas Ibraham.
Diarra, who is still learning English, said he was impressed with Mayo.
“Hes a good player. We played two games together and we won both, Diarra said.
Diarra wants to attend USC while Sylla said he wants to stay in Los Angeles. Ibraham is only a junior. Gibson is still awaiting his ACT score to determine his eligibility but still has the option of attending summer school, to increase his GPA and potentially lower the necessary test score.
When USC announced its move to 710-AM, it was assumed about four games would be switched to 790-AM because of conflicts with Angel games.
But now it sounds like every game will be on 710 because the station believes USC should get priority. Why? Because Angels owner Arte Moreno bought Spanish station 830-AM a few months ago and is expected to move the Angels there next season.
What do you do while waiting for the nation’s No. 1 recruit to visit USC on Wednesday?
I decided to show Trojans coach Tim Floyd this clip of Bobby Knight playing golf. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WPqcnbGEUE&search=bobby%20knight (WARNING: Extreme language included)
It beat watching a dreadful NBA draft, although Floyd was interested in hearing the remarks of Bulls GM John Paxson, where he used to be the head coach. Oh, yeah, the recruit. O.J. Mayo of Cincinnati, Ohio, took a late flight to Los Angeles where Floyd and his entire coaching staff were waiting.
Pete Carroll was also in Heritage Hall around 10 p.m., which is unusual for June to have both coaches around that late.