Rally Of The Day

RALLY

People actually turned out for the U.S. women’s soccer team rally. The free parking was probably the only thing AEG ever did where it didn’t try to make a buck. U-S-A, U-S-A!

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Morning Buzz: A Sense Of Humor Is Trademark for USC’s Best Football Coaches

MCKAY.1968Can you imagine John McKay taking part in a Navy Seal team-building exercise when he was the USC football coach? Most of you know McKay was the king of providing quotes. When he was criticized by the media at Tampa Bay, McKay said, “You guys don’t know the difference between a football and a bunch of bananas.”

The next day, reporters left bananas for McKay, who replied, “You guys don’t know the difference between a football and a Mercedes Benz.”

Where have all the colorful coaches gone? Not many get it today. You either get bland, angry or intentionally boring. That’s why Pete Carroll was special. He wasn’t a quote machine but he understood how to deal with the media. And the fans. You rarely find a coach who can deal with only one of these groups. It’s no coincidence McKay and Carroll possessed those two traits despite different personalities.

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Brad Boxberger’s An All-Star

Former USC pitcher Brad Boxberger was named to the American League pitcher staff for the All-Star game. Boxberger pitches for the Tampa Bay Rays and ranks in the top five among AL relievers in saves and strikeouts.

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If You Build It They Will (Not) Come Unless You Win Too

GALEN.CROWDThe NCAA released 2015 attendance information for men’s basketball today and not surprisingly, USC is not making much impact with 3,552 fans per game, a decrease from 4,370 in 2014. Maybe worse, the Trojans had the second-worst attendance among the Big 5 Conferences.

Remember when everyone thought building an arena would solve attendance woes? I thought so too. But you need a winner. OK, Enfield?

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USC Commitment Preview

USC is expected to pick up at least two commitments Friday on ESPNU. Serra safety C.J. Pollard, the son of former USC safety Marvin Pollard, has wanted to go to USC since birth, probably. And Bishop Amat defensive back-wide receiver Trevon Sidney is also expected to pick the Trojans, since basically everyone at Amat (and USC) expects Sidney and his more publicized teammate, Tyler Vaughns, to select the Trojans.

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USC Morning Buzz: Time For Winners And Losers Of The Week

LEVINEIt’s Monday, so let’s check in with our winners and losers of the week:

Winners

Sean Combs

UCLA coaches did not want charges filed. Combs did not want charges filed. The DA did not want charges filed. As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, the rich “are different from you and me.” That’s why Combs gets to park his car illegally at UCLA practices.

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