Women’s Tennis Coach Richard Gallien Stepping Down

USC women’s tennis coach Richard Gallien is stepping down after 22 years. Gallien was well-liked and extremely loyal to USC. This is the second coach in March to be leaving (women’s basketball coach Cynthia Cooper was the other). And it sure looks like athletic director Lynn Swann is making moves.

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A Look At Defensive Back Jamel Cook’s Breakout Week

I wrote today about freshman safety Jamel Cook, who had 3 interceptions Tuesday and two big hits on Thursday in practice.

Excerpt: “The interesting part is USC is trying to make the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Cook a nickel back. That gives him a quicker path to playing time with last year’s starting safeties, Chris Hawkins and Marvell Tell, returning this season.

“I never imagined three interceptions (in one practice),” Cook said Thursday. “I had two in high school, but never three.” Full story here

Who says I never write positive stories?

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Morning Buzz: Basketball Assistant Jason Hart Stays At USC

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Jason Hart has turned down an offer from Washington and will remain at USC as an assistant coach, according to an athletic dept. source. Hart received a new two-year contract and was personally recruited to stay by athletic director Lynn Swann. It’s a big win for the program because Hart recruited Bennie Boatwright, Chimezie Metu, De’Anthony Melton and Jonah Mathews, among others at USC.

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A Freshman Receiver Stands Out

Clay Helton was asked today if any of the freshmen wide receivers have stood out during spring practice. He quickly answered, “Velus Jones.”

Helton: “He seems to create an explosion play every day.”

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Galen Center Is Busy

The Galen Center is very busy right now hosting “Tony Robbins: Unleash the power within.” Maybe Andy Enfield will walk on hot coals.

Don’t laugh, look at him lifting a log above.

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USC Quick Thought

When USC wide receiver Isaac Whitney ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds, an NFC assistant coach told me, “Why didn’t he play more?”

Whitney said he wasn’t bitter about his situation: “Darreus (Rodgers) was killing it. It was out of my control.”

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