E.J. Price On Transferring

Former USC offensive tackle E.J. Price talked about transferring from USC in an interview with 630-AM (WLAP) in Lexington, Ky.

“I definitely was extremely homesick,” Price said. “I loved it out here (at USC). They have a great team. I wish I could stay out here. It was just the distance; I’m only able to get home once a year. I’m a guy that needs that good Southern cooking. I need to be able to stop by people’s house and see everyone. I definitely just want to be closer to home. It was just a matter of that. Like I said, it’s a great team out here. Of course, it would have been a great opportunity, but I’m a guy that just needs to be a little closer to home.”

Obviously, a lot of the behind-the-scenes drama has gone unsaid. But the homesick story works, especially in the South. Full interview here.

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Morning Buzz: A Popular Question Around USC These Days

In the past week, a question I’ve heard from alumni and others in the wake of the scandal involving the dean of the medical school: Will USC president Max Nikias survive?

So let me refer to a conversation I had with a member of USC’s Board of Trustees about a month after Steve Sarkisian was fired, when there was also speculation about Nikias.  “USC is lucky to have Max Nikias as president,” the trustee said.

In 2011, USC announced a fundraising campaign to raise an unprecedented $6 billion. Earlier this year, USC met its goal 18 months ahead of schedule and will keep going with its current campaign through 2021.

In the past 6.5 years, USC’s raised more than it did in the previous 65 years. No, I’d say the Board of Trustees are pretty pleased with Nikias despite the mishandling of the case of Carmen Puliafito, the former dean of the medical school.

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Big Change To Public Attending USC Training Camp Practices

USC just announced that only two football practices will be open during training camp: July 29 and 31. According to USC, “A new NCAA rule makes August a recruiting dead period.” So that is why only July practices are open. Regular-season workouts are closed to the general public. If you have some juice, of course, you can be admitted as a “guest of USC.”

Practice dates after the jump:

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USC Has Second-Best Odds To Make College Football Playoff

USC and Florida State trail only Alabama in Bovada’s latest odds:

Four-Team Playoff Odds (From Most Likely to Least Likely)

Will Alabama make the 4-team playoff?

Yes      -250     (2/5)

No        +175     (7/4)

Will Florida State make the 4-team playoff?

Yes      +140     (7/5)

No        -180     (5/9)

Will USC make the 4-team playoff?

Yes      +140     (7/5)

No        -180     (5/9)

Will Ohio State make the 4-team playoff?

Yes      +150     (3/2)

No        -200     (1/2)

Odds for other teams after the jump:

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Will USC Go Undefeated? It Has A 9.5 Percent Chance

I learned something new today: There is a computer formula called the Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI). Is it legit? Who knows? But it’s July and they are using their formula to project the chances of the five teams with the best chance to go undefeated.

USC is No. 4 at 9.5 percent. I don’t do computer rankings but I agree USC has less than a 10 percent chance of going undefeated. I’d say less than 5 percent. Here’s the top five teams:

  1. Alabama 42 percent
  2. Ohio State 38.2 percent
  3. Wisconsin 11.2 percent
  4. USC 9.5 percent
  5. Clemson 9.1 percent
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Morning Buzz: USC Offers A Quarterback . . . From Alabama

USC must sign a quarterback for the Class of 2019 so it offered a scholarship to Paul Tyson from Trussville, Alabama. He has offers from Duke, Oregon, North Carolina State and Kentucky. Who has not offered him? Alabama. That’s not a great sign. But maybe USC discovered something about the Alabama native that Nick Saban did not.

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Sightings

Former USC linebacker Hayes Pullard held his third annual football camp this weekend at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. Former USC wide receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee were among the former players in attendance.

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