Ron Holmes Under House Arrest

I’m not sure why media reports keep referring to former USC basketball player Ron Holmes as “Ronald.” He was Ron at USC or Ronnie. But the father of UCLA basketball player Shabazz Muhammad was placed under house arrest by a judge pending charges he ran a mortgage scam.

More On Katin Reinhardt

USC’s newest addition explained his decision in an interview with CBS Sports analyst Doug Gottlieb.

“Everybody thinks I want to be a point guard — that isn’t true,” Reinhardt told Gottlieb Wednesday night. “But (UNLV coach Dave) Rice just said I would play mainly off the ball and I am just not comfortable that way.

“I averaged three assists a game because I like to pass and can pass and I need to have the ball in order to create, not just stand in the corner or run off screens. I’m not that type of player.”

So he transferred because he needs the ball in his hands more? And again, who will he defend?

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No Johnny Football Against USC

The chances of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel actually sticking around for his senior season were slim-and-none but it would have provided quite a game for USC in 2015 if he did stick around.

Now USC must scramble for an opponent. But what’s happened in recent years with the nonconference schedule. USC used to play Ohio State, Auburn, Florida State, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, etc., in nonconference games.

Not is facing Big East (or former Big East) schools like Syracuse and Boston College. Or Minnesota. Texas A&M’s decision to cancel the USC series means the next marquee opponent will be Texas in 2017-18.

Texas A&M Drops USC In 2015-16

The Aggies will no longer have a home-and-home series with the Trojans. Texas A&M said it needed to adjust its schedule because of the move from the Big 12 to the SEC. This now leaves a gap in USC’s schedule and little time (by scheduling terms) to get a marquee opponent.

It’s a further blow when you consider how lame USC’s nonconference schedule was last year (Syracuse, Hawaii) and is this year (Boston College, Hawaii) outside of playing Notre Dame.

USC Morning Buzz

Ron Holmes, a former USC basketball player in the 1980′s who is better known as the father of ex-UCLA star Shabazz Muhammad, was indicted Thursday for on federal bank fraud and conspiracy charges, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The indictment said Holmes and his partners obtained “mortgage loans by fraudulent means to buy houses,” from 2006 to 2009, the paper reported. The U.S. attorney’s office wants to recover $2.5 million from Holmes.

At the end of the day, it’s probably better Muhammad did not attend USC.

Ryan McMahon Named League MVP

Third baseman Ryan McMahon of Santa Ana Mater Dei has been selected the most valuable player from the Trinity League. McMahon already signed with USC. Now it will be interesting to see where he gets drafted next month.