Harry Smith, an offensive pulling guard who was a two-time All-American and played on Rose Bowl champion teams in the 1938 and ’39 seasons, has died. He was 94. Smith’s nickname was “Blackjack” because he wore a cast on his hand during the 1939 season.
Smith was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, became an assistant coach at USC and Missouri, where he coached for 15 years. He also was the head coach of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1951.
With Eddie Vanderdoes winning his appeal, linebacker Matthew Thomas almost trying to get out of his letter with Florida State to transfer to USC and basketball player Isaac Hamilton still hoping to get of his letter with UTEP (and possibly go to USC), here’s a good article on the future of the letter of intent.
An annoying phrase I’m seeing lately on twitter and elsewhere occurs whenever a recruit commits to USC or elsewhere. Someone inevitably remarks that the coach or coaches are “doing work.”
Really? They’re working? I thought USC paid some of its football assistant coaches seven figures to play basketball at lunch time. They actually do their jobs? If a recruit commits to USC, a coach is doing what he is expected to do: Get athletes.
It’s not worth a pat on the head that isn’t even logical. What happens when a recruit goes to another school? Is the assistant “not doing work?”
You knew Oregon (and Nike owner Phil Knight) were not going to just sit still when USC built the McKay Center. And here it is, the new Football Performance Center. Knight actually donated money to the McKay Center and attended last year’s opening ceremony.
Those are 64 55-inch TV screens in the lobby, by the way.
Former USC QB Matt Barkley is currently the No. 3 quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and in an interview with the WIP Morning Show, said, “I’m still on the learning curve, to where I kind of have more questions than answers with the offense.”
But Barkley also said, “That’s not a plan to be a backup.”
A recap of his interview is here.