— USC Men’s Basketball (@USC_Hoops) January 21, 2018
Elijah Stewart scored 18 points and freshman Jordan Usher was 4 for 4 on 3-pointers as the Trojans swept the Oregon schools.
This is not new news but USC officially announced that Bryan Ellis (quarterbacks) and Keary Colbert (tight ends) are the new additions to the coaching staff. So USC’s filled two openings by promoting from within. I doubt anyone else was even interviewed.
I’ve included the full press release after the jump:
William Peter Blatty, who died last year at age 89, is best known as the author of “The Exorcist.” He also wrote the screenplay for the film version of his book and won an Oscar. But I’ve been wanting to mention him because he also worked as the chief of the USC News Bureau in the late 1950’s. There’s always a USC connection.
So Tee Martin decided to give an interview to ESPN. Let’s look at a couple comments:
“I want to help us get to that next level, and everything is in place here to do that.”
Martin has been at USC since 2012. What’s taking so long to get to the next level? He just had perhaps the greatest QB in USC history and one of the best tailbacks. And scored 7 points vs. Ohio State. So why should we believe him now?
“You don’t leave USC for a lateral move.”
Does this mean he will be at USC until he gets a head-coaching job? That could be a long wait.
“I’m just excited to be here at USC, where the future is so bright, and working for somebody the caliber of Clay Helton.”
Then why was he so frustrated during the season and telling people he wanted to leave USC? Apparently a new contract made everything better.
USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin has talked to ESPN about his contract extension and of course, it sounds a little over the top:
“I’m just excited to be here at USC, where the future is so bright, and working for somebody the caliber of Clay Helton,” Martin told ESPN. “There were some other opportunities, but you don’t leave USC for a lateral move. I want to help us get to that next level, and everything is in place here to do that.”
USC QB Sam Darnold has signed with Creative Artists Agency. He will have three agents: Jimmy Sexton, R.J. Gonser, Jim Dent.
Sexton is the agent for Clay Helton, Tee Martin and . . . Lane Kiffin.
The trial for the man who fatally shot former USC tailback Joe McKnight is underway in Louisiana. From the Associated Press: “Defense attorneys claim 56-year-old Ronald Gasser fired in self-defense when McKnight approached his car after a traffic confrontation in December 2016.
“Prosecutors say Gasser falsely claimed McKnight tried to lunge into Gasser’s car when it was stopped at a traffic light. They say physical evidence indicates he made no such aggressive move.”