USC Morning Buzz

MIKE.HENRYMike Henry played linebacker at USC before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1958 and later playing for the Los Angeles Rams (1962-64). He is best known as an actor, portraying Tarzan and then roles in Smokey and the Bandit and The Longest Yard.

Baby Quarterback Officially Decommits


The great charade of David Sills committing as a 7th grader to USC came to a merciful end today when Sills announced he decommitted. Seems like it came with a nudge from USC.

This was basically a publicity stunt that Lane Kiffin participated in four years ago and mercifully came to an end. USC coaches graded Sills third last summer at the Rising Stars camp behind Ricky Town and Josh Rosen.

But Kiffin was never going to backtrack. And this explains the offer to San Clemente’s Sam Darnold today. But it does not explain why Travis Waller was not offered. Especially with all the lip service about how Steve Sarkisian’s offense requires a running quarterback.

USC Offers A Quarterback

USC offered a scholarship to quarterback Sam Darnold of San Clemente. The news here is that it offered Darnold but not Servite QB Travis Waller, who is expected to announce his decision Tuesday.

Darnold is just a three-star. How does this affect David Sills? Is it the final sign that the Baby Quarterback will go elsewhere? And why not offer Waller? Did USC feel he is unattainable? His stock is certainly higher. Maybe they think it would scare off Ricky Town if Waller committed.

World Cup Talk

Brazil break Chile hearts by winning the first penalty shoot-out of the 2014 World Cup

Brazil squeaks past Chile, 3-2, on penalty kicks and now faces Colombia, which defeated Uruguay, 2-0, on two goals from J Rod (James Rodriguez). Colombia faces Brazil next week and we will see if Brazil can survive again without quality strikers. Uruguay played without Luis Suarez, who said he lost his balance when he bit an Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

USC Morning Buzz


Here’s a 1922 aerial picture of the Coliseum under construction. The area occupied by the Sports Arena is undeveloped and you can see USC lacks many buildings over by Exposition Blvd.

Player Spotlight

BEATHARDHere’s former USC quarterback Pete Beathard, who played in the famous 1963 Rose Bowl victory that helped the Trojans win a national title. As a bonus, you can take the quiz at the bottom of his trading card.

USC Finishes No. 8 In Directors’ Cup

There was a USC vs. UCLA battle in the Directors’ Cup with the Bruins edging out the Trojans by less than 15 points. UCLA finished No. 7 with 1,078.50 points while USC was No. 8 with 1063.75.

Stanford was No. 1 for the 20th straight year despite winning only one national title (women’s water polo). USC’s titles came in men’s water polo and men’s tennis. Full standings here

Kahi Neves’ Big Week Continues


Quarterback Kahi Neves’ performances at the Rising Stars camp were not going to go unnoticed by the recruiting services. After Neves was named QB MVP at the camp yesterday, he was invited to take part in the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge in Jacksonville, Fla.

Picture Of The Day


USC shut out Notre Dame, 13-0, in 1932 as the Trojans won a second straight national title. Between 1928-32, USC and Notre Dame won every title. Maybe USC can put in a replica clock like the one above the scoreboard when it renovates the Coliseum.