Baseball Wraps Up Season


USC lost to Washington in the season finale, 7-4. The Trojans finished 21-34 and 8-22, last in the Pac-12. Since I don’t get the Pac-12 Network, I recommend watching a nearly six-minute in-game interview with USC pitcher CJ Stubbs. That’s not something you see on ESPN.
“We’re hungry,” Stubbs said. “Trust me. We’re going to be ready next year.”

Two things to keep in mind: USC was picked to finish 10th in the Pac-12 and finished 11th. Colorado does not field a team. So was this year understandable? On the other hand, USC is 49-62 the past two seasons.

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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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