For the first time since 2012, USC is picked to win the Pacific-12 Conference in the annual media preseason poll. The Trojans were selected by 21 voters to win the conference while Oregon received 17 votes.
Arizona State received three votes, UCLA two and Stanford one.
USC was also an overwhelming pick to win the Pac-12 South Division, with 32 votes. Arizona State received 7 votes while UCLA received six.
Hawaii coach Norm Chow compared his starting QB, Max Wittek, to another former USC QB he coached, Carson Palmer.
“Max has tremendous physical skills, he’s very accurate, has great anticipation. He just needs to continue working on his footwork and staying alive in the pocket . . . But his anticipation with the ball and his understanding of defenses is where it needs to be.”
A Nike source tells me at least six designs are being considered by USC for an alternate uniform, with the boldest a bronze helmet, bronze uniform that is a type of tribute to Tommy Trojan’s outfit. There is also a white helmet, white jersey and white pants outfit. And a cardinal pants, cardinal jersey, cardinal helmet design.
The source said USC wants an alternate uniform for 2016. The reasons are the same as before: To impress recruits and keep pace with other schools. Call it the Oregon effect.
Remember, Lane Kiffin wanted to wear an alternate uniform back in 2011 but the plan failed when fans and boosters inundated the athletic dept. with negative feedback.
On Dec. 5, 2013, USC coach Steve Sarkisian said, “The uniforms aren’t going to change. The logos aren’t going to change.” Except for one game, apparently, if it goes through for 2016.
The always media savvy QB recruit Tate Martell tells Bleacher Report he will make his college choice by August 20th. And he is just about to begin his junior season, so an actual letter of intent will not be signed until 2017.
“There’s no doubt USC is going to be one of my top schools. If it’s not the choice, it will probably be second or third on my list at the most,” Martell told Bleacher Report.
Martell committed to Steve Sarkisian when he was in junior high and Sarkisian was at Washington. His other finalists are Alabama, Texas A&M, Michigan and Washington.
Roger Goodell and the NFL upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension today for his role in Deflategate. Larry Scott fined USC $25,000 when the Trojans deflated footballs for Matt Barkley. Probably was worth it for USC in retrospect. Remember the Trojans went 0-2 when Barkley missed the final two games with an injury (and 7-4 with him that season).