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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.