USC is becoming increasingly hostile toward the idea of the NFL returning to the Coliseum. Sources said President Steven Sample believes the idea is bad for USC under any circumstances.
Already, the failure to see eye-to-eye on some issues saw USC threaten to suspend the use of any university parking structures for NFL games.
With commitments flowing in (see Marshall Jones), its worth talking about one of the Trojans first commitment, tailback Broderick Green of Little Rock, Ark. A few weeks ago, someone who knows Oaks Christian tailback Marc Tyler told me that Green would go elsewhere. That hasnt happened yet though Green sounds less solid in his commitment.
After some digging, Ive been told Greens come under intense pressure in Arkansas over his commitment, which resulted in public comments leaving the door open to attending another school.
That comment Pete Carroll made about Kaluka Maiava starting over Keith Rivers at outside linebacker continues to make an impression. Rivers recently met with Carroll to discuss the remark and Carroll said it was “taken out of context.
It only seems like there is a football camp every day at USC in June. One of the more intriguing prospects on campus today was wide receiver-safety Martin Bayless (6-2, 190), a junior from Castle Park High in Chula Vista. His father, Martin Bayless Sr., played in the NFL for 13 years and is currently an assistant coach for the Houston Texans.
Meanwhile, walk-on punter Greg Woidneck, punted well on his own Monday as he prepares for training camp.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa visited a USC football practice and spoke to the Trojans last season, gave a speech on campus earlier this year and delivered the commencement speech last month.
But today he returned to his alma mater, UCLA, to give the commencement address and it sure sounds like he took a shot at the Trojans.
Heres part of his remarks:
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Offensive tackle Sam Baker and center Ryan Kalil were placed on the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which goes to the top offensive or defensive lineman.
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Wide receiver Whitney Lewis starts looking for a new school today.
USC coach Tim Floyds basketball camp featured about 100 players this weekend. An unexpected visitor was former interim coach Jim Saia, who interviews Monday for the Fresno City College job.
Ironically, Saia and new USC baseball coach Chad Kreuter grew up together in Marin County and attended the same middle school. Heres some observations from the camp:
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USC is hosting guard Eniel Polynice from Sarasota, Fla., this weekend as it searches for a point guard for this season. Polynice (6-4,180) recently received a passing score on his SAT and is drawing interest from North Carolina State and Oklahoma.
UPDATE: It appears unlikely Polynice will be coming to USC, making it more plausible the Trojans will try to bring in a Croatian point guard for this season.
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Considering the highest-profile player on the team is ineligible, theres an impressive lack of concern over the status of wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett around USC. There seems to be an overwhelming feeling Jarrett will be declared eligible before the season once he pays back any money he owes Bob Leinart for living at Matt Leinarts downtown apartment.
Again, this whole situation would be handled internally (between USCs compliance office and the NCAA) with little fanfare if Bob Leinart did not leak the story to the media because he and Matt Leinarts advisors were worried the matter might affect the quarterback’s image. Instead, it placed a negative focus on Jarrett, a more preferable scenario.