USC-SMU Thoughts


Did anyone miss the game because they had to work? CBS Networks put a game between the No. 2 and No. 5 media markets at noon PT? And on truTV?

The interesting part of USC’s two NCAA victories is they are winning with only certain players performing in each game. Jordan McLaughlin was 0-5 on 3-pointers today and had five points. Elijah Stewart, who did not score against Providence, had 22 points today. And it helps to have some good fortune. An SMU player stepping out of bounds. Another player missing a 1-and-1 free-throw situation. Maybe if USC keeps winning, someone will hire Andy Enfield.

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  • Pudly76

    Magic Johnson once said sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, but the better you are the luckier you get…Fight On!

    • peter

      Magic finds its way. Much like it did Wednesday and today ! Same as it did so often for Magic Johnson..Always remember with Kareem down, Magic took over and brought it Home.

      • Pudly76

        Absolutely, and when Magic didn’t have it either there was Silk, or Big Game James.. resiliency is a true talent..

        • peter

          Chicky baby always with us!

  • Trojan5

    I have heard no less than 4 different basketball people, coaches and former players , speak highly of Andy Enfield. And a couple of them made their comments before the tourney started. Coach Enfield is not perfect , but who is? If anyone wants to hold him to a standard of perfection, go right ahead. I choose to see him as a legitimate, competent and successful D 1 head coach.

    • Pudly76

      Have to agree with you, the zone he pulled out late in second half stifled SMU, and their shooting tanked. He’s got them you’d believing…

  • USC jojo

    If you keep writing the way you do, it will keep you from getting hired and moving up.

  • Jethro G Sabbath

    Andy is winning

  • The USC Heisman 7

    Sour grapes, Scott was already thinking he would blow up this blog with a fire Andy grab..Andy is a good dude, good basketball coach and someone the kids enjoy playing for. We don’t have the history in basketball, like the school in WLA .. As they don’t in football. Barring a huge meltdown of the basketball program, Andy is here to stay..it takes time to build, look at coach Helton.. Instead of chirping negatively, back the school that gave you the tools that engineered your career path..

    Fight On ✌

    • Steve B.

      Helton has built really nothing so far. He did not recruit the Juju, Adoree, Rogers, Banner, Wheeler and other upper class-men. Darnold was his savior brought in by Sark. As for the basketball game. A lot of missed opportunities on both sides. Credit for hanging tough when down by ten a couple of times. The team is not scoring the way they run and gun from earlier in the season. Won today only because Jordan McLaughlin is Irish. Maybe a team of destiny like Enfield’s old school FGCU who made the sweet sixteen. They are not in the same class as Bibby’s elite eight squad.

      • peter

        I consider laying a solid foundation the most important step.Helton is doing that..

      • The USC Heisman 7

        He took a team from 1-3 to 10-3 and a great come from behind victory in the Rose Bowl.. Regardless who recruited who, his staff prepared this team and did a great job..Sark nor Kiffin deserve credit for the development of this past years football team, they played for Helton and won with Helton!

        • Pudly76

          Some people just won’t give credit where credits due, Helton had nothing to due with the composure of the team in the fourth quarter and Clancy’s coaching had nothing to do with shutting them out in the fourth quarter either, SMH..

      • Pete

        http://247sports.com/Player/Sam-Darnold-30430

        Darnold was recruited from San Clemente (San Clemente, CA) class of 2015. He committed to USC on 7/18/2014. He was recruited by Clay Helton .

        • peter

          Cody Kessler was recruited by Coach Helton..Clay Helton has been the rock for many players this decade.He quietly has kept the Trojan football players believing in themselves.

          • Pete

            U got that Peter. Now he’s showing EJ Price some tough love.

          • peter

            Yes he is.Would like to see that work out.However if it doesn’t Clay has still set another standard of integrity for the team.

          • Pete

            Good coaches not only are winners, but teach their players life lessons…Fight On Peter!!

          • peter

            Absolutely..Fight On Pete !!!

      • j metaphor

        If I may offer a minority and rival opinion, Helton appears to be the first sane human that SoCal has employed at a high level within the football program (and probably the entire Athletic Department) Since McKay. OK, McKay was usually drunk but a good coach and funny so he gets a pass.
        There IS hope with Helton that someone at SoCal will realize they don’t have to cheat and still can compete at a high level.
        Let’s hope their current AD can forget how SoCal used to win and finally “Win the right way” as St. Pat used to say while he was draining charities.

    • marvgoux1

      Indiana may interview Enfield after he takes Cinderella through the tournament.

  • Alvarado

    Baylor’s turn is next this coming Sunday.
    Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

    • j metaphor

      He, he, he he.
      I’m guessing Baylor can hardly sleep because they fear the Troyboys.

  • Uncle Rico

    Andy is successful, rich, and has a hot wife. No wonder Mr. Basement doesn’t like him.

    • LamontRaymond

      Haden is sitting home, smoking a pipe, reveling in his glory for hiring Rose Bowl Champ Helton, and Cinderella Enfield. Things are looking up for the USC atheletics dept. Thanks Pat!

      • j metaphor

        and counting the cash he and his family sucked out of the scholarship fund they so tactfully drained.

      • j metaphor

        St. Pat:
        Morally bankrupt, fiscally rich

  • LamontRaymond

    Worst-case scenario for Scottie continues. He has to find negative spin in whatever dark corners he can find them. Anguish ensues for this beat reporter, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

  • LamontRaymond

    He’s trying to prove that he was right for bashing Enfield for those first 2 years. And Haden! Turns out Haden’s last two hires – Enfield and Helton – were golden. Apparently Scottie’s prognosticating skills are for crap.

  • Whew– watched every second of that game from my computer at work and I am worn out. I was nervous throughout. Only SC sports will do that to me.

    Perhaps now the heat will come off Haden for hiring the football and basketball coach. Turns out they are both pretty good, wouldn’t you say?

    And how about this basketball team. Too bad Metu and Boat will be leaving. This could be a formidable club next year. Actually, they are formidable right now.

    And the comebacks. This is unreal. The dream may come to pass on Sunday, but I am going to relish it right now

    • Pasadena Trojan

      HI John, I don’t know and I hope they don’t leave. I think they are not ready. One more year would do them wonders. It is my opinion

  • PHIL NEIMAN

    So USC was lucky?? Wolf- this is too much, even from you. SC played through bad luck, and still won!!! I know this breaks your heart, because you hate our coach and like ridiculing the program.
    Another Gem from “America’s worst beat writer,” who actively roots against the team he gets paid to cover.

  • Pudly76

    Great start to the weekend, Happy St. Patty’s Day to all, even you Scotty.

  • marvgoux1

    You might not have heard but a blog is for opinions.

  • Ray

    I’m not here to bash the blogger, but I don’t understand the negativity. The UCLA blog on this network with Thuk whatever, is more objective, she reports, give stats, and all. SW puts a negative spin on almost everything USC. I don’t understand it.

  • Jethro G Sabbath

    Scott, UCLA is on truTV right now…

  • j metaphor

    We’re 17!, We’re 17! We’re17!!!!!!!

    • LAfan

      Congrats man. Next year you’ll be 18 and can vote!

  • Isaiahdolan

    Scott Wolf was right in naming Andy Enfield the best college hoops coach in the nation. Great insight Scott!