NFL Draft Talk

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack has still not been selected through 27 picks. No mock drafts had him this low. Yes, I’m aware of the knee concerns. But he’s probably a pretty good pick for someone now, right? I’m surprised Pete Carroll didn’t take a chance on him.

Jared Goff to the Rams with the No. 1 pick. I’ll defer to the NFL but a year ago who was predicting he was the No. 1 pick overall? And let’s remember Max Browne was the No. 1 QB of Goff’s recruiting class. That’s good motivation for Browne.

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All Hail The 1977 NFL Draft

BELL.RICKY.1976With the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Ricky Bell, running back, USC.

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With the No. 4 pick in the NFL draft, the New York Jets select Marvin Powell, offensive tackle, USC.

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With the No. 5 pick in the NFL draft, the New York Giants select Gary Jeter, defensive tackle, USC.

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Mike Gillespie’s Continued USC Mastery

Mike Garrett fired USC baseball coach Mike Gillespie in 2006 and the Trojans continue to pay the price. Gillespie’s UC Irvine Anteaters defeated USC, 6-5, earlier this week.

That gave Gillespie a 14-4 record against the Trojans since he took over at UC Irvine.

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Morning Buzz: The NFL Draft Starts Today With/Without USC

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Do you want an illustration of USC’s dominance during the late 1960’s? The picture above features offensive lineman Ron Yary, the No. 1 pick in the 1968 NFL draft. And tailback O.J. Simpson, the No. 1 pick in the 1969 NFL draft.

Since USC is not expected to have a first-round draft pick today, here are the schools with the most-first-round picks since 1967, the first draft after the AFL/NFL merger.

1. USC, 68

2. Miami, 58

3. Ohio State, 56

4. Florida, 46

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How About A Refund?

CRAVENSSu’a Cravens will get drafted this week by an NFL team. But does USC owe him something? Could he ever imagine playing for Lane Kiffin, Ed Orgeron, Clay Helton, Steve Sarkisian and Helton again in three seasons?

“The five coaches and 100 different positions I played helped make me great,” Cravens said. “I didn’t come to USC for a specific coach. I came to be great.”

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USC v. Alabama

USC’s been focused on Tua Tagovailoa as its quarterback for the 2017 recruiting class. Tagovailoa is supposed to announce his college choice Monday. But Alabama is now the favorite. Why? Because USC’s now offered a scholarship to QB Davis Mills, who is already committed to Stanford. Losing a QB to Alabama and then suddenly going after one committed to Stanford hardly seems like the ideal course. I wonder what Lane Kiffin thinks?

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Morning Buzz: How Influential Is USC Right Now In Pac-12?

The Pac-12 holds its meetings the first week in May and there is plenty to talk about. Commissioner Larry Scott has not delivered on the revenue projections for the Pac-12 Network and this has upset some schools. Then there was last week’s fiasco with the satellite camps, where UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero was criticized by Scott in public for voting against the way the other 11 schools wanted.

One would think USC be the Big Dog to lead the conference through some of these issues but Lynn Swann doesn’t start until July (and how much does he really know right now when he has never been an athletic director). And how aggressive has Pat Haden really been the past four months? He’s kept an extremely low profile with his health and then knowing he has one foot out the door. Remember USC and UCLA made concessions in revenue-sharing too when the Pac-12 Network got started because they were the two schools that made the most money being in Los Angeles. So there’s been a little bit of a power vacuum despite USC’s size.

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