Time to answer a few more reader questions.
Q: Jethro G Sabbath said:
With your relentless coverage of the current exploits of Matt Barkley and Pete Carroll do you think a more appropriate name for this site might be “Things Tangentially Related to USC”?
A: I do not think it is inappropriate to mention perhaps the greatest USC coach in history or the starting quarterback of the past four years. They remain iconic figures for USC. I think it is safe to say a lot of USC fans wish Carroll would come back.
Q: marvgoux1 said:
Is it true Barbara Hedges was elected to the USC Hall of Fame for her undercover work destroying the #1 ranked UW football program from the inside?
A: I never thought of it that way but now that you mention it, why not? Although let’s face it, Washington destroyed itself in many ways that have nothing to do with Hedges.
Q: SCFTBL1 said:
Were either George Horton or Pat Murphy candidates for the baseball job? I really like Murphy but there is NCAA baggage.
A: My understanding is neither were candidates. I’m surprised there was no effort to hire Horton, especially if USC was prepared to pay John Savage $1 million. Pat Murphy’s got a volatile reputation and NCAA baggage so he does not fit the profile USC seeks these days.
The only negative I could see with Horton is age (59), but I don’t think anyone in baseball believes he would not succeed at USC.