That Time Of Year

USC coach Pete Carroll said early this evening that safety Josh Pinkard got pulled over and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence earlier this month. Pinkard’s status on the team remains unchanged. His July 24 hearing is about a week before USC players report to training camp.

Show Of Thanks

It might seem like basketball usually gets overshadowed by stories like Gabe Pruitt being ineligible or how it might affect USC’s APR next year, but sometimes there are feel-good moments. Guard Lodrick Stewart presented Coach Tim Floyd with a certificate thanking him for “the best two years of basketball in his life.”
Stewart said he gave Floyd the certificate after the season to show how much he appreciated what Floyd did for his career, which stalled the first two years and really didn’t kick into gear until his senior season.

Galen Upgrade

USC’s got the money to install “ribbon boards” on each side of the concourse. Ribbon boards are the thin scoreboards that are used for graphics or give scores of other games. Staples Center has them inside their arena. We also hear the entire student section will be on the floor level next season instead of using portions of the upper deck like last year.

Numbers Game

Last week a USC spokesperson said new quarterback Mitch Mustain would wear No. 13 next season. An odd choice, yes, because it’s the same number as tailback Stafon Johnson. Because Mustain is redshirting, there is no conflict with two offensive players wearing 13 although it is admittedly awkward, especially with so much speculation about Johnson transferring.
Well, USC coach Pete Carroll said Monday no official decision’s been made on what number Mustain will wear. So we might be back to square one, if not the No. 1.

New Rules

You might have heard Notre Dame wants to play Baylor in 2012 at either the Cotton Bowl or the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium. But the Irish also want the game to be considered their home game, which means NBC would get the TV rights and Notre Dame would earn more money.
Baylor capitulated, apparently just happy to play Notre Dame, but the Big 12 is trying to hold up the game, claiming it owns the TV rights when a team plays on a neutral field in an area considered a Big 12 viewing area. Good luck Big 12.

Player Opinion

A group of veteran USC players went out to dinner a few nights ago and were asked who would start at tailback this season. Their answer: Hershel Dennis.
That’s a testament to Dennis’ strong spring practice and also illustrates that players are usually loyal to those in their own peer group.

What A Weekend

Forty runs and 59 hits later, Stanford completed its sweep over USC. Sunday’s battle for last place saw the Cardinal win 10-5. The Trojans finished 27-29 but it could have been worse. They could have been men’s volleyball.

Up And Running

Freshman wide receiver Jamere Holland, beset by injuries the past 12 months, ran the opening leg on the 4×100-meter relay today in the West Regionals as the Trojans ran a season-best 39.50 to win the event.

Great Scott, Part II

We now hear that St. Bonaventure tailback Darrell Scott prefers LSU as his No. 1 choice and Florida No. 2. Our Ventura County sources tell us Scott considers USC and UCLA as his backup choices if he chooses to stay close to home.