USC Gold Medalist Wilbur Thompson Dies

MOOSE

USC has a glorious track history and one of its greats died last week. Wilbur “Moose” Thompson, gold medalist in the shot put at the 1948 London Olympics, died on Christmas. He was 92.

Thompson was also a member of USC’s 1942 NCAA title team and was the sixth-oldest living U.S. Olympic gold medalist at the time of his death.

UPDATED: Betty Boyd, the wife of former USC basketball coach Bob Boyd, died Monday in Palm Springs. She was 84.

Which Coaching Job Is Bigger: Texas Or USC?

STRONG

Texas is using the same search firm (Korn Ferry) as USC and the search firm reportedly gave Louisville coach Charlie Strong a high recommendation. Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio are also being interviewed.

So did Korn Ferry (an annoying name if ever there was one) give Strong a high recommendation for USC? Maybe not. Korn Ferry probably inserted “South Bay experience” as a key component at USC.

USC Scholarship Count

With George Uko turning pro, USC would probably be right at 75 scholarship players if it used all 19 scholarships for its recruiting class. So if Marqise Lee (and/or Hayes Pullard) turned pro, the Trojans would be under the allowed 75.

USC Morning Buzz: A Little Clarification On Tim Drevno

DREVNOIf you read the USC press release last night, it stated new offensive line coach Tim Drevno “has been Jim Harbaugh’’s offensive line coach for 9 years at 3 stops.”

So why would he leave if he was the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive line coach? Well, maybe it becomes clearer when you realize he is actually the “co-offensive line coach” with Mike Solari.

So Drevno will now actually be solely in charge of coaching an offensive line. That makes a little more sense to leave Harbaugh and join Steve Sarkisian at USC.

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