Former USC tailback Curtis McNeal is in a good spot in Pittsburgh. The Steelers do not have a clear-cut favorite at tailback with last year’s top rusher, Jonathan Dwyer, second-round pick Le’Veon Bell and McNeal among those fighting for the starting spot.
Lane Kiffin said at Pac-12 media day that USC could feel the effects of NCAA sanctions for “five or six years.” He said that’s how long it would take to completely restock the roster following the 15-scholarship recruiting classes.
USC coach Lane Kiffin said he did not anticipate adding any more transfers this season besides Texas Tech defensive tackle Delvon Simmons.
Former USC WR Vidal Hazelton is off to a good start with the New York Jets, where he joins QB Mark Sanchez.
I asked Lane Kiffin when he made his decision to keep calling plays, which was announced this week.
“I think it was awhile ago,” Kiffin said.
Like about a second after he thought of letting someone else do it?
USC basketball coach Andy Enfield is in Las Vegas and watched Etiwanda point guard Jordan McLaughlin and forward Cameron Walker of Righetti among others. Meanwhile, Gabriella Then, who is an incoming freshman on the USC women’s golf team, won the U.S. Girls’ Junior title today in Fort Wayne, Ind. And here’s former USC pitcher Tommy Milone sporting the Oakland A’s throwback uniform today against the Angels.
USC coach Lane Kiffin said he did not know Pat Haden made a video offering 100 percent support. Details here.
Lane Kiffin spoke about tight end Junior Pomee, who was suspended from the team in February after being charged with five felony counts of burglary, grand theft and possession of stolen goods.
“He has not been part of our program for a long time,” Kiffin said. “We wish him the best of luck.”
Lane Kiffin said at Pac-12 media day he might pick a starting quarterback “in a week or a month.” But does it matter that ESPN radio host Collin Cowherd endorsed Cody Kessler as the starter this week?
Here’s why I mention it. I’ve already noted Cowherd is Kiffin’s biggest cheerleader in the media. When Kiffin was hired at USC, he asked Cowherd’s show for a weekly guest spot. Cowherd is very cozy with him and the pair had dinner Wednesday night, according to Kiffin. Did Kiffin happen to tell Cowherd who he thinks will start at quarterback?
Maybe. Maybe not. But it will be interesting to see if Cowherd’s endorsement turns out to be right.
Between Pat Haden’s video bomb, Lane Kiffin’s decision to just now admit he will call plays and Larry Scott’s DirecTV explosion, there was another piece of news today. The Pac-12 has a new football-contact policy, which allows two full-contact practices per week. Here’s the conference statement.
Over the years, USC had full-contact practices on Tuesday and Wednesday and a lighter practice on Thursday so it probably doesn’t change much for the Trojans.