USC-Raiders Connections

The Raiders’ move to Las Vegas is a blow for former USC star Ronnie Lott, who was the face of a private investment proposal to build a $1.3 billion stadium at the current Coliseum site,

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Tony Bland Update

Tony  Bland

I hear UC Santa Barbara is supposed to hire a new coach by the end of the Final Four. Brian Shaw sounds like the frontrunner but whether UCSB can afford him remains to be seen. USC assistant coach Tony Bland interviewed last week.

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USC At Final Four In 1954

Here’s a 1954 photo of USC players Roy Irvin, Al Ludecke and Walter Thompson leaving the Hotel Continental in Kansas City before a Final Four game against Penn State. The Trojans made the Final Four that season, losing to Bradley, 74-72 in a semifinal game. They lost to Penn State, 70-61, in the third-place game.

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USC Quick Thought

Does USC wide receiver Isaac Whitney have a chance to get drafted? Clay Helton mentioned yesterday that Sam Darnold is adjusting to new receivers now that JuJu Smith-Schuster, Darreus Rogers, DeQuan Hampton and Whitney are gone.

Well, Hampton was a bit player last season and Whitney caught three passes all season. So maybe it isn’t that big of an adjustment for Darnold. What will be interesting is to see if Whitney’s draft status improves now that teams are more aware of him.

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USC Morning Buzz: Some Notes After Six Spring Practices

It’s time for a Sunday notes column on USC spring football, starting with some of the new faces that could be starting next season.

Excerpt: The weakside linebacker will be someone new. During spring drills, it’s sophomore John Houston, who played mostly on special teams last season. Defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu is a true freshman but the coaches inserted him into starting lineup during Saturday’s scrimmage.

The kicker is currently freshman Michael Brown, with starter Matt Boermeester suspended after an incident involving a female student. Imagine a game coming down to the little-used Brown next year? Full column here

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