Cal State Los Angeles athletic director Mike Garrett is in midseason form. He has fired his men’s and women’s basketball coaches. The men’s coach was former USC assistant coach Dieter Horton.
Garrett had a rocky relationship with Bibby at USC and fired him in 2002. But Bibby would be a big-name hire for a school like Cal State L.A.. Aren’t there any USC basketball managers available? Garrett won’t be calling Tim Floyd for a recommendation since they did not even speak at USC by the time Floyd quit.
As for the women’s job, I’m sure Cheryl Miller’s been contacted. It’s all about star power.
UPDATED: A source tells me Garrett’s offered the women’s job to Miller.
Linebacker Bo Calvert, a Class of 2018 prospect from Oaks Christian, has committed to USC. He is a teammate of quarterback Matt Corral, who committed earlier this year. Well, USC is recruiting well at Oaks Christian. Give that to the new staff.
The Pac-12 athletic directors and head coaches meet in Phoenix this week. And you still have to wonder how influential USC will be at the meetings with Pat Haden on his final month? There’s a lot of issues to discuss like the Pac-12 Network’s future, perhaps the late starting times of some football games and meetings with ESPN and Fox. An interesting side note is the Big 12 is also holding meetings in Phoenix this week.
One thing to consider as Adoree Jackson tries to reach the magical 26-5 mark in the long jump to make the U.S. Olympic Trials: USC has had two different jump coaches the past two years. If you throw in his high school coaches, that means Jackson’s had three coaches in three years. Not an ideal scenario for making the Olympics.
Cornerback Kevon Seymour will wear No. 45 with the Buffalo Bills while center Max Tuerk wears No. 62 with the San Diego Chargers. As previously mentioned, Su’a Cravens will wear No. 36 with the Washington Redskins.
No surprise tonight as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa of Hawaii selected Alabama over USC and Ole Miss. Remember this was foreshadowed when USC suddenly offered QB Davis Mills, who is committed to Stanford. Should we say Lane Kiffin 1, Clay Helton 0. Or how about this: Now USC can sign another wide receiver!
The USC women’s water polo (23-0), beach volleyball (30-2) and women’s lacrosse (19-0) teams are a combined 72-2 this season. Water polo and beach volleyball are ranked No. 1 in the nation while lacrosse is No. 5.
Here’s what Sports Illustrated’s NFL writer, Don Banks, wrote about the Browns taking Cody Kessler in the third round.
“I have to admit, when I heard new Browns coach Hue Jackson saying “you gotta trust me on this one,” in his defense of Cleveland’s third-round pick of USC quarterback Cody Kessler on Friday night, my first reaction was to think that yet another Browns quarterback selection is doomed.
“The last time I heard a coach use those kinds of words to explain a quarterback acquisition, Brian Billick was asking Ravens fans to “take a leap of faith” in terms of Baltimore trading for the porked-up Scott Mitchell in 1999. “Trust me, Baltimore, I know quarterbacks,” Billick said, flashing some ill-timed confidence in the former Dolphins and Lions quarterback.”
Nick Holt Jr., the son of former USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt, was invited to the Seahawks rookie mini-camp. Holt Jr. played linebacker at Western Kentucky, where his dad is defensive coordinator. This might sound like a no-brainer but when Holt Sr. left USC for Washington after the 2008 season, he and Pete Carroll had a falling out. All must be forgiven.
Meanwhile, former USC forward Malik Martin told Scout.com he will transfer to South Florida.