We hear the De’Anthony Melton camp is blaming USC athletic director Lynn Swann for Melton still being held out of basketball games.
Clay Helton said he is getting NFL evaluations for 10 players. But the list of players who might go pro is really less than that: Porter Gustin has been hurt all year; Iman Marshall’s had a disappointing junior season; Cameron Smith’s told teammates he is coming back; Deontay Burnett is not physically ready for the NFL.
The real decisions are being made by Sam Darnold, Ronald Jones, Rasheem Green, Toa Lobendahn, Marvell Tell and Chuma Edoga.
I’m hearing Lobendahn is likely to go pro. Jones needs to go pro because he is a tailback and they tend to have shorter pro careers. Darnold should go pro if he is a top 5 pick. That leaves Green, Tell and Edoga.
Green is probably the most intriguing prospect to NFL teams and it would not surprise me if he leaves. Tell probably should come back for another season. Edoga is immature enough to leave even though he was wildly inconsistent (at best) this year.
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, USC president Max Nikias is the third-highest-paid president in the nation after making more than $3.1 million in 2015. The only presidents who make more are Wake Forest’s Nathan Hatch ($4 million) and Emory’s James Wagner ($3.5 million).
How is USC going to replace Tyson Helton?
Clay Helton would not say much about it Tuesday. Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Tee Martin did a complete flip-flop. In late October, he complained that he wasn’t the quarterbacks coach and doesn’t get to talk to Sam Darnold enough.
“One of the tougher things is that I’m not the quarterbacks coach, so I don’t get to meet with him right before the game or on the practice field because I have receivers to coach … so there is a little communication gap there.”
But here was Martin on Tuesday: “I’ve coached quarterbacks in my career and got bored by doing it. When you get a taste of coaching wide receivers, it’s so much fun.
“I feel it’s best for me to be in the (wide receivers’ meeting) room. It gives me an opportunity to be around everyone.”
And what about talking to Darnold: ““I talk to him when I need to talk to him.”
Does Martin even think that his quotes contradict each other?
Tyson Helton was not at practice and is not coaching the Cotton Bowl. Tee Martin said he expects to remain at USC as offensive coordinator. He said he was never interested in the offensive coordinator’s job at Tennessee.
Wide receiver Tyler Vaughns left practice with an injured shoulder. Ronald Jones tweaked his ankle as did wide receiver Velus Jones. Clay Helton did not sound optimistic about Porter Gustin (toe) playing in the Cotton Bowl.
Su’a Cravens has received medical clearance to return to football. Per his agent, Cravens was suffering from post-concussion syndrome.
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