USC Sunday Buzz: A Tale Of Two Pac-12 Athletic Directors

You already know USC paid Pat Haden $2.9 million for 2014. And more in 2015. And Lynn Swann no doubt wanted a similar salary.

Well, Washington just made interim A.D. Jennifer Cohen its full-time athletic director. Shockingly from a USC perspective, Cohen got the job after working at Washington for 18 years. Anyways, her five-year deal pays $460,000 annually, with another $60,000 in deferred payments and another $100,000 in potential bonuses. Is USC’s A.D. really worth $2.5 million more?

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About That Baseball Score

Frank Gifford gains 22 yards as USC upsets No. 1-ranked Cal, 21-14, in 1951.

Frank Gifford gains 22 yards as USC upsets No. 1-ranked Cal, 21-14, in 1951.

USC defeated Arizona State, 31-9, today. The Trojans also defeated the Sun Devils, 21-14, in the 1998 College World Series championship game. That is also a football score. Except at USC. In 1,215 footbal games in USC history only twice, when the Trojans ended No. 1-ranked California’s 38-game regular season unbeaten streak in 1951 at Berkeley and 2012’s loss at Stanford, has the final score been 21-14.

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USC Baseball Going Out In Style

USC leads Arizona State, 25-5, after five innings in the regular-season finale today in Tempe. That’s almost as many runs as victories for the Trojans, who entered the game with a 27-28 record.
UPDATED: USC leads 27-5 in the seventh inning. And 31-9 in the eighth. Final: 31-9.

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USC Picture Of The Day

MICK.FLEETWOOD.USCMick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac performs with the USC band at halftime of the Arizona State game on Oct. 4, 1980. Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham presented a platinum disc for the single “Tusk” to the USC band at halftime.

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USC Sunday Buzz: Phil Steele Does Not Predict USC In Top 10

CAM.SMITH.COLO.2College football analyst Phil Steele annually predicts the Associated Press preseason Top 10. These are not his top 10 teams but who he thinks the voters will select. And Steele does not include USC. It is not shocking that USC is not a top 10 team. But I wonder how close Steele considers the Trojans to being top 10 material. Last year he ranked USC No. 3 in his own preseason poll.

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Jim Saia Next Up At Cal State L.A.?

You know Cal State L.A. can’t hire a coach without a USC connection. I’m hearing the front runner now is Jim Saia, who was USC interim coach after Henry Bibby was fired and before Tim Floyd got hired. Saia is currently at Cal State San Marcos. Is Cal State L.A. a move up?

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Former USC Guard Bryce Dejean-Jones Dead At 23

Former USC guard Bryce Dejean-Jones, who plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, died yesterday from a reported gun shot wound to the abdomen. He was 23. Dejean-Jones played his freshman year at USC before transferring to UNLV and then Iowa State. He was known at Bryce Jones at USC. He averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Pelicans.

Here is a photo gallery of Dejean-Jones in recent years.

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UPDATED: Dallas police say Dejean-Jones broke into an apartment he thought belonged to his estranged girlfriend and mother of his 1-year-old child but instead surprised a stranger, who shot him.

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USC Morning Buzz: A Masterstroke For The Football Program?

Clay Helton is a players’ coach and I’m sure he would be thrilled if Adoree Jackson competed in the 2016 Olympics. But I’ll bet USC’s defensive coaches are not disappointed Jackson currently remains a long way off from qualifying for the long jump.

Helton might actually look like a genius if Jackson comes up short because he gave his star the entire winter/spring to focus on track. So Jackson can’t blame football if he does not qualify and will return fully motivated because he needs a big junior year before he turns pro. It might have been a different story if Steve Sarkisian did not let him miss spring practice and he did not make the U.S. Olympic Trials.

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