USC guard Elijah Stewart did not submit his paperwork for the NBA Draft, according to a source. He was not expected to be drafted so this is not a surprise.
Here’s another quote from Lynn Swann on the Coliseum renovation: “We know in many cases, you have had season tickets in the same location for years, have become close friends to those sitting near you, and do not want anything to change. But unfortunately, the change will come.”
Change can be good. But in college athletics, it usually involves opening your wallet. It’s funny how USC can undertake a $270 million Coliseum renovation but hold firm at not spending another $50,000 on a women’s basketball coach.
Here are the odds on which of the 22 green room attendees will make the most outrageous fashion statement:
Leonard Fournette, LSU: 4/1
Jamal Adams, LSU: 5/1
Deshaun Watson, Clemson: 6/1
Adoree Jackson, USC: 8/1
Kevin King, Washington: 9/1
Gareon Conley, OSU: 11/1
Malik McDowell, Michigan State: 11/1
John Ross, Washington: 19/1
Cam Robinson, Alabama: 20/1
As I’ve said, the rehiring of Mark Trakh as women’s basketball coach just looks terrible from an optics standpoint.
But the truth is USC’s consistently shown a lack of ambition when it comes to hiring. Let’s look at some recent coaching hires: The men’s volleyball coach (Jeff Nygaard) was a USC assistant coach. The baseball coach (Dan Hubbs) was a USC assistant coach. The football coach (Clay Helton) was a USC assistant coach. The two previous football coaches (Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian) were former USC assistant coaches.
Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t. But either way it’s not exactly an innovative way of finding coaches.
USC wants to be clear that the “Coliseum restoration gift” will be different than traditional personal-seat licenses that pro teams charge season-ticket holders in terms of tax purposes, etc. And it is a one-time gift, not a yearly charge.
Now, also consider this: When 33 percent of the seats require an extra fee, it is 33 percent of 77,500, not 92,000. The Coliseum is going to lose almost 15,000 seats. So there will be about 52,000 seats available without a fee instead of 62,000.
USC just released a video regarding changes with the Coliseum restoration project and how it is going to affect every season-ticket holder.
Key quotes from Lynn Swann: “About one-third of of the seating will require a one-time Coliseum restoration gift.”
And this: (Every season-ticket holder) will go thru an individual re-seating process over the next 15 months.”
I guess they didn’t want to do the Lite Beer video I suggested but produced the video below, which should answer your questions about the Coliseum. Hopefully.
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You might remember earlier this month that senior analyst Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus questioned Sam Darnold’s “long throwing motion” and the conventional wisdom Darnold would be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
I asked Palazzolo about this today and here’s what he said: “If you freeze it on film, a lot of people are going to pick that throwing motion apart. I think you saw a special talent last season. I also think he got away with a lot of throws last year.
“I don’t think it’s a lock he’s the No. 1 pick. It’s not often that a quarterback expected to be No. 1 a year before the draft is the No. 1 pick.”
Palazzolo said Andrew Luck and Jameis Winston were exceptions who were projected to be No. 1 and remained No. 1 in the draft. He said Josh Rosen (UCLA), Lamar Jackson (Louisville) and Josh Allen (Wyoming) were also potential No. 1 picks.
USC’s celebrated the Rose Bowl victory just about everywhere: The Lakers and Kings acknowledged it. Clay Helton was grand marshal at the Long Beach Grand Prix. So this leads to a question: Is all the attention because the 52-49 victory was so memorable? Or was it because the rest of L.A.’s teams have done so little? The Lakers and Kings are awful. The Angels are mediocre. The Dodgers can’t get to the World Series. The Rams were a joke. UCLA was down last season. Who else?
So USC wins a Rose Bowl and it’s a big deal. Saying someone is the best team in Los Angeles isn’t much right now but USC might be.