A Lifeline

We previously reported that the university rejected admission to El Camino College kicker Joe Houston.
But we hear USC will now admit Houston if he obtains a 3.5 grade-point average this semester.
UPDATED: It might be a moot point because Houston is getting interest from other colleges who may offer a scholarship.

Irish Eyes Smiling?

Notre Dame picked up two commitments in Southern California this week, but whether they raided the local schools is debatable. Quarterback Dayne Crist committed to the Irish and was recruited by USC but not considered a vital pickup with Aaron Corp and Mitch Mustain arriving in the fall. And our sources said Crist was upset UCLA did not recruit him harder.
We’re guessing Irish freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen might be more upset than USC or UCLA over Crist’s decision.
The Irish then picked up Crespi tight end Joseph Fauria, who was not offered a scholarship by USC and recruited with some skepticism by UCLA. Maybe Charlie Weis knows something Pete Carroll and Karl Dorrell do not. Or maybe he doesn’t.

Sports And Politics

Reggie Bush said he did not like politics when he was at USC but he couldn’t resist an invitation to the White House Correspondents Association Dinner last night as a guest of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, telling Editor & Publisher, I am just trying to broaden my horizons.”
Asked about how the post-Katrina rebuilding in New Orleans was progressing, Bush said, Its still a mess, but thought President Bush was doing his best. Im pretty sure being president has got to be tough.
When asked by a reporter at USC if he supported Bush because they shared the same name, Reggie Bush said, “No.”

Every Day A Surprise

If you were on campus today, that was former USC wide receiver Mike Williams and former USC basketball player Roy Smiley playing basketball at the Lyon Center, one of their favorite hobbies when they were in school.

Quote Of The Week

Former USC center Ryan Kalil on 570-AM Tuesday: “Pete loves Scott.”
At least Kalil and I provided some interesting content and got the Petros-Money show off its Lakers fixation for one day.


Former USC quarterback coach Carl Smith was on campus this week. He was the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars until coach Jack Del Rio fired him after the season.
That means former USC assistants fired in the NFL this season include Smith, Greg Burns, Jethro Franklin and Kirby Wilson.