USC athletic director Pat Haden said he tried to schedule a home-and-home series in basketball with Notre Dame but the Irish declined.
Lane Kiffin might have someone else call wide receiver Brice Butler but put up a hard-line image this morning when asked about Butler possibly returning to the team.
“I think it’s a neat deal being on a $75,000 scholarship at USC,” he said. “I’m supposed to call players that don’t want to be here?”
Butler said Wednesday that neither he nor Kiffin were make-the-first-move kind of people. So we will see if anyone blinks first.
The offense probably had its best performance of the spring. One reason was Lane Kiffin called more quick-pass plays to give the defense less time to pressure the quarterbacks. Matt Barkley threw an interception to end practice. Kiffin attributed it to the lack of offensive personnel.
“He’s frustrated,” Kiffin said. “He forces the ball at times. I know he’s frustrated.”
But Barkley said he is better at not forcing passes this spring.
“I’m light years ahead,” he said. “In a normal setting, I feel in a zone and comfortable holding the ball.”