Take A Look At The Jets

The New York Jets coaching staff is worth a mention. They have offensive coordinator John Morton, who was a long-time USC assistant coach (2007-11). Then there is QB coach Jeremy “Mr. Coffee” Bates (above right). Then there is assistant defensive backs coach Daylon McCutcheon. And to top it off, there is WR coach Karl Dorrell.

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LAFC Won’t Just Be At USC

The Los Angeles Football Club plans to build a $30 million training facility at Cal State Los Angeles. Why wouldn’t LAFC build its facility adjacent to its new stadium in Exposition Park or somewhere by USC? The same reason why USC does not have a softball team.

There is no land for such projects. And in the rare situation when some land is available, USC will use it for the Village project that is scheduled to open in July.

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USC Morning Buzz

And now back to some football. The Pac-12 title odds from BetOnline show USC is the favorite:

USC +125
Washington +250
Stanford +600
UCLA +900
Oregon +1200
Utah +1600
Washington State +1600
Colorado +2000
Arizona State +3300
Arizona +8000
California +8000
Oregon State +8000

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And Now, It’s Men’s Golf

The NCAA men’s golf championship started today. It’s still the first round thanks to some weather issues and USC is currently in 4th place. The top 8 teams will eventually advance to match play.

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A Tough Season Gets Tougher

USC led Washington, 9-1, in the second inning last night. But this is college baseball and the Huskies came back to win, 11-10. It’s been that kind of season for the Trojans (20-33, 7-21).

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USC Morning Buzz: ESPN Hires Chip Kelly As Studio Analyst

Unable to get another NFL job, Chip Kelly’s signed a multi-year contract with ESPN as a studio analyst, “predominantly working college football pre-games, halftimes and studio wraps each Saturday on ESPN2.”

This is the logical landing place for Kelly, who will undoubtedly become a candidate for any big college jobs that open in the next year and until he takes another job. Despite USC’s Rose Bowl win, I’ve heard Kelly’s name in coaching circles as a potential USC candidate again, if that day ever arrives.

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North Carolina’s Creative Defense Against NCAA

North Carolina is trying to dispute charges of academic fraud when it goes before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.

“The fundamental issue in our case is that the NCAA by-laws cover athletics matters, not how academics are managed,” North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said Thursday.

So the NCAA has no jurisdiction? Remember when USC was accused of being uncooperative and it hurt their case? Will the NCAA back down against North Carolina? It doesn’t really seem interested anymore in giving stiff penalties since the USC case? And maybe North Carolina believes that too.

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Sightings

USC assistant coach Tyson Helton is at the Long Beach Poly spring football game today. Helton can obviously watch quarterback Matt Corral, the former Oaks Christian QB who already committed to USC. But he can also see five-star wide receiver Jalen Hall, who played at Hawkins last season. Looks like the Poly pipeline will be reinstalled.

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